Sickle Cells Anemia

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Sickle Cells Anemia

This was caused by a defect in your son's gene that codes for Hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in the red blood cells. Causing these cells to die at an early stage.

Sickle Cell Anemia

Mr. & Mrs. Kern, The disorder your son has is called Sickle Cell Anemia. It is the most common form of the sickle cell disease, in which the body makes sickle cell shaped red blood cells.

This is a recessive disorder, and can only be present when two genes are inherited.

If both of you have the trait for sickle cells, there was a 25% chance of your son aquiring the actual disease, along with a 25% chance of another child having it. Not probable, but very possible. And unfortunately this will lead to a list of symptoms.

Symptoms

These symptoms can range from slow growth, to yellowing of the skin. Your son might have weakness, painful events in back or chest, or shortness of breath.

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This disease usually shows up in children around the age of 5 months, as it did your son. But the symptoms will progress all throughout his life.

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Even though there is no actual cure for this disease, there are certain treatments your son can undergo. There can be blood transfusions, and his pain can be treated with certain medicines, such as Hydroxyurea, which will prompt his body to make fetal hemoglobin.

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Sickle Cell Anemia is a point mutation, which means a nucleotide was affected in your son's gene sequence, the gene for Hemoglobin.

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0022028http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/sicklecell/index.htmlwww.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sickle-cell-anemia/basicswww.netwellness.org/healthtopics/sicklecell/sicklecelltreatments.cfm


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