Sickle Cell Anemi A Blood Disorder Essay

749 Words Dec 20th, 2016 3 Pages
Sickle Cell Anemia is a blood disorder that causes red blood cells to become misshapen and not live as long as a regular blood cell. Sickle Cell is a disease that is not very common in the world. In the United States, Sickle Cell Anemia affects between 70,000 and 100,000 people and occurring in 1 out of every 36,000 births. Sickle Cell is more likely to occur in somebody from Africa, South or Central America, the Caribbean islands, Mediterranean countries, India or Saudi Arabia. The usual age that people who have sickle cell is around 42 years for males and around 48 years for females. Sickle Cell Anemia is a blood disorder that causes red blood cells to become misshapen and not live as long as a regular blood cell. This sickness is a genetic disease because it is passed down through the genes of the parent. Each parent has a gene for a protein called hemoglobin, however, some people carry one normal gene and one gene that in affected by sickle cell. These people have the sickle cell trait, and can pass it down to their children and if chromosomes are paired right, then there is a possibility the child will have sickle cell anemia. People who have sickle cell will have swollen feet that are painful to the touch and a yellow skin tone that is called jaundice. According to Gary H. Gibbons, “Pain episodes (crises) can occur without warning when sickle cells block blood flow and decrease oxygen delivery.” “Pain can strike almost anywhere in the body and in more than one spot…

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