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Also known as: Sickle cell hemoglobin 0 Arab disease, SO Arab disease.
S O Arab - sickle cell disease is a variant of sickle cell disease, it is usually a mild form of sickle cell anemia that is prevalent among Arab populations. This causes the body’s hemoglobin, or red blood cells, to take on a sickle shape and not flow through the blood vessels as smoothly, which prevent red blood cells from carrying oxygen effectively. This can cause a number of complications.
Treatments typically involve preventing potential complications and treating them as they arise. People with the disorder receive continuous care to prevent and manage the complications of the disease.
Hydroxyurea is the main treatment for reducing complications. Education is essential to provide supportive and preventive care. The only cure for Sickle Cell disease is bone marrow transplantation; gene therapy will be a curative therapy and will be coming available soon.
Reviewed by: Athena Pefkarou, MD
This page was last updated on: July 05, 2022 02:56 PM
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Dr. Athena Pefkarou discusses the approaches to treating sickle cell disease in this edition of Children's Health Chats.
Oscar, 20, was born with Sickle Cell Disease, a condition that affects red blood cells (sickle cell anemia) and blockage of blood flow causing pain. The pain is often so severe; patients suffer painful bouts known as sickle cell crisis and often require hospitalization. Read More.
Sickle cell disease is a group of familial red blood cell disorders. Sickle cell disease causes the red blood cells to be oddly shaped, and have difficulty flowing through the blood vessels properly which causes them to break up easily resulting in anemia and damage to the organs.
Hydroxyurea is a medicine that can help children and adults with sickle cell disease.
The transplantation of blood or bone marrow is the procedure of transferring and replacing the hematopietic stem cells.
Exchange transfusion therapy is a form of blood transfusion in which the body’s blood is removed and replaced.