Essay on The Treatment Of Sickle Cell Disease

1687 Words May 18th, 2016 7 Pages
More than 70,000 people in the United States have been affected with Sickle Cell Anemia. Sickle Cell disease is a genetic disorder that affects the red blood cells. The symtopms of the disease was first seen in 1904. The normal doughnut shape of the red blood cells become sickled making it difficult for these cells to transport oxygen throughout the body causing blockages resulting in extreme pain during a crisis. This diseases tends to affect african americans more than any other race, but can also be present in people of Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Middle Eastern, India and Southeast Asian descent. The treatment of sickle cell anemia is used to help manage pain and prevent crisis. (silverstein 7, 25-31)
First, who discovered Sicle Cell disease? The discovery of sickle cell disease began with a journey of a young man by the name of Walter Clement. In 1904 as he was traveling from The West Indies to the United States he noticed sores and sought medical attention. The Doctor initially treated Mr. Clement’s sores with iodine, however as time progressed, Mr. Clement began to experience a series of chest infections, weakness, muscle pain, fatigue and episodes of dizziness. This disorder eventually became known as Sickle Cell Anemia. The signs and symptoms that were presented in 1904 are still complaints that are being seen in patients with Sickle Cell Anemia. Although the discover of Sickle Cell Anemia did not occur until 1910, this condition has been present for…

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