Sickle Cell Crisis (cont.)
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Sickle Cell Disease Prevention
Sickle cell disease is an inherited disorder that is common among African Americans. If you have sickle cell disease, you received the gene from each of your parents. If you received the gene from just one parent, you are a carrier. Genetic counseling and testing can give you information about the likelihood that you might pass on this gene to your children.
Sickle Cell Disease Prognosis
In spite of the tremendous improvements in diagnosis, genetic counseling, neonatal screening, and medical care, the ever-increasing body of information may have falsely raised expectations for a specific cure. Progress on genetic manipulation, which has the potential to cure the disease, is slow.
Developments in long-term transfusion therapy have given promise in decreasing the severity of pain crises and the incidence of stroke;however,exposureto blood-borne diseases due to multiple transfusions is a risk.
Support and cure of infection arestill the mainstays of treatment.
Medically reviewed by Joseph Palermo, D.O.;American Osteopathic Board Certified Internal Medicine
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/8/2015
John R Krimm, DO, FAAEM
Thomas Rebbecchi, MD, FAAEM
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