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Sickle Cell Anemia

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Sickle cell disease affects millions of people throughout the world and approximately 72,000 people in the US. It is an inherited blood disorder characterized by defective hemoglobin and is present in one in every 500 African-American births. Sickle cell disease primarily affects those of African descent and Hispanics of Caribbean ancestry, but the trait has also been found in those with Middle Eastern, Indian, Latin American, Native American, and Mediterranean heritage. Children who inherit the genetic mutation from both parents will have sickle cell disease. Children who inherit the mutation from only one parent will not have the disease, but will carry the trait for it and can pass it on to their children. Symptoms include: Anemia, pain crisis, stroke, jaundice, or yellowing of the skin, eyes, and mouth. Any and all major organs are affected by sickle cell disease. The liver, heart, kidneys, gallstone, eyes, bones, and joints can suffer damage from the abnormal function of the sickle cells and their inability to flow through the small blood vessels correctly. Problems may include the following: Increased infections, leg ulcers, bone damage, early gallstones, kidney damage and loss of body water in urine & eye damage. Tune in as Karen and Veronica share their first-hand knowledge of Sickle Cell Anemia and share life saving information with us. Call: 347-945-5853

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