of pain, severe damage to vital organs, .
and for some patients, death even comes .
into terms in early child hood or adulthood. .
Most people with Sickle Cell Anemia enjoy.
a good healthy life.
What are the cause's of Sickle Cell Anemia?.
The cause of Sickle Cell Anemia .
is the misshapen form of blood cells. .
Because of the blood cells being misshapen, .
it is difficult for the cells to flow through .
the blood vessels, which makes it almost .
impossible for the joints and fingers.
to move without pain, or becoming sore. .
Regular size's of blood cells are round, .
Sickle Cell Anemia blood cells have a variety .
of different shapes, such as: moon-crescent, .
sickle-shaped, or spiked shaped.
Can you have Sickle Cell Anemia?.
Sickle Cell Anemia is not in question .
for everyone. You can only inherit if you .
are an African American, or have African .
American ancestry, or if you are Hispanic's of the .
Caribbean ancestry. About only one in every .
400 to 600 blacks and one in every 1,000 to 1,500.
Hispanics inherit the sickle cell disease. .
Sickle Cell Anemia also affects the people of, Arabian, .
Greek, Maltese, Sicilian, Sardinian, Turkish,.
and southern Asian ancestry.
Can you catch Sickle Cell Anemia?.
You can not catch Sickle Cell Anemia from.
someone. It is not contagious. The only way.
to inherit the disease is genetically. To get the.
disease genetically, one of the children must have.
two sickle cell genes. One from each parent.
Are there any other forms of Sickle.
Some people have a combination of one .
Sickle cell gene, plus any one of several others .
abnormal genes that can affect red blood cells. .
These combinations can cause anemia and sickling,.
But in general they are less troublesome than sickle.
cell anemia. .
What can people with Sickle Cell Anemia do.
People who are planning on becoming parents.
should know whether they are the carrier.
of the gene for Sickle Cell Anemia. If.
you are not sure of this, you should contact.