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Sickle-cell anaemia

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Introduction
Sickle cell anaemia is a genetic (inherited) blood disorder in which red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body, develop abnormally.
Symptoms of sickle cell anaemia
Episodes of pain during a sickle cell crisis are one of the most common and upsetting symptoms of sickle cell anaemia.
Causes of sickle cell anaemia
Sickle cell anaemia is caused by a genetic mutation that affects the normal development of haemoglobin; which is a substance found in red blood cells.
Diagnosing sickle cell anaemia
Sickle cell anaemia can be diagnosed with a blood test. The blood is checked for the presence of defective haemoglobin.
Treating sickle cell anaemia
If your child is diagnosed with sickle cell anaemia, they will be referred to a care team in a specialist sickle cell centre.
Things you can do to help ease sickle cell anaemia
There are a number of things your child can do to reduce their risk of having a sickle cell crisis.
Complications of sickle cell anaemia
As sickle cell anaemia can block the flow of oxygen to parts of your child’s body, it can cause serious complications.
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