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What is It How can I get It How do I know if I have It Can I get It from my boyfriend If I do have It how can I treat It Questions after questions all pertaining to one subject sickle cell anemia a disease that has affected the lives and homes of many people Not knowing all you can know about this disease is the 5 added to your chances of recieving itSickle cell anemia is an inherited blood disease which can cause bouts of pain damage vital organs or even cause death in early childhood years It occurs when a person inherits two sickle cell genes or a combonation of a sickle cell gene plus any one of many abnormal genesHemoglobin is responsible for carring oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body The change that occurs in the oxygen flow causes sickle cell symptoms In a person with sickle cell during the release of oxygen from the red blood cells the cell becomes distorted The cells form a rigid banana or sickle shape which can clog blood vesselsThe sickle cells tend to become trapped and then destroyed in the liver or spleen A shortage of red blood cells can cause anemiaThe symptoms of sickle cell anemia are paleness shortness of breath fatigue infections that speed up the destruction of the red blood cells Other symptoms include fast or troubled breathing frequent coughs screams when touched weakness vomiting and diarrheaThere are two common types of sickle cellanemia SS disease or sickle C disease A less common form known as Sickle Beta Thalassemia The affects of the disease can be greatly seen or never seenThe cause of pain is when the cells become stuck in the blood vessals When the cells get stuck they cause cell pile-up and block blood from getting to the tissue This is called a Crisis The crisis can be so severe that it might need to
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