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Sickle Cell Anemia

The sickle cells die early, which causes a constant shortage of red _________ cells.
A stem cell transplant, also called a bone marrow transplant, is a procedure that infuses healthy cells, called stem cells, into the body to _________ damaged or diseased bone marrow.
_________ is a very common complication of SCD. With SCD, the red blood cells die early. This means there are not enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body.
_________ in the hands and feet usually is the first symptom of SCD. This swelling, often along with a fever, is caused by the sickle cells getting stuck in the blood vessels and blocking the flow of blood in and out of the hands and feet.
_____ is the most common complication of SCD, and the top reason that people with SCD go to the emergency room or hospital. When sickle cells travel through small blood vessels, they can get stuck and clog the blood flow. This causes pain that can start suddenly, be mild to severe, and can last for any length of time.
One in every ten African-Americans has sickle cell trait, and one in _________ has sickle cell disease.
In someone who has SCD, the red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a “______”.
People with sickle cell disease should drink 8 to 10 glasses of _______every day and eat healthy food.
_________ anemia is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders.
Healthy red blood cells are round, and they move through small blood vessels to carry _________ to all parts of the body.
There is still no universal _________ for sickle cell disease.
SCT is _________ with a simple blood test. People at risk of having SCT can talk with a doctor or health clinic about getting this test.
People who inherit ___ sickle cell gene and one normal gene have sickle cell trait (SCT).
Splenic Sequestration is a life threatening complication of SCT and should be treated in the hospital. It happens when a large number of sickle cells get trapped in the _________ and cause it to suddenly get large. Symptoms include sudden weakness, pale lips, fast breathing, extreme thirst, abdominal (belly) pain on the left side of body, and fast heartbeat.
_________ is the center of the bone where blood cells are made
People with SCT usually do not have any of the symptoms of sickle cell disease (SCD), but they can pass the trait on to their _________.
Stem cell _________ from bone marrow or blood of healthy donors are increasingly being used to successfully cure SCD.
A _________ can happen if sickle cells get stuck in a blood vessel and clog blood flow to the brain.
Also, when they travel through small blood vessels, they get _________ and clog the blood flow.