Normal Red Blood Cells
move easily through the body. That’s because they’re:
Red blood cells can become:
Curved, sticky blood cells can clog the spleen and prevent it from doing its job— helping the body kill germs.
Sickle cells have a shorter life than regular red blood cells. The body cannot make new red blood cells fast enough to replace old ones. With fewer red blood cells, organs and tissues do not get the oxygen they need.
Lack of oxygen over many years can lead to tissue and organ damage in any part of the body.
Crescent-shaped cells can get stuck in smaller blood vessels. This may block blood and oxygen flow to tissues, resulting in pain.
A woman with sickle cell disease can have healthy baby. However, risks are involved, and both she and the baby should be closely monitored by a health-care provider. Prenatal care is very important!
This involves pain and swelling of the hands and feet. It’s caused by sickle cells that clog the blood vessels of the hands and feet. It usually occurs in smaller children.
Poor circulation can lead to sores that are difficult to heal. These often occur around the ankles.
This is a yellowish tinge on the whites of the eyes. It’s usually painless, but it indicates a problem with the blood.
Chest Pains and trouble breathing
Blood in the Urine
Pneumonia Painful Erections in men
Division of Blood Diseases and Resources
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Two Rockledge Center
6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7950
Bethesda, MD 20892-7950
We strongly support legislation committed to the Sickle Cell Disease causes on all levels; we actively solicit funding for Outreach Services for our clients and their families; we promote Community Outreach and share ideas that will enhance the Sickle Cell Outreach Programs and disseminate literature and information about Sickle Cell Disease.
The Association has been able to provide the following Outreach Services to our clients, their families, and the community:
Health Screen and Blood Drive Sickle Cell Presentation to area Business Community Leaders and Schools.
Social / Client Services:
Cultural Activates/ Referrals/ Counseling Limited Financial Support Thanksgiving basket, Emergency Funds for Food and Prescription.
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