what is sickle cell?
SCD is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. Healthy red blood cells are round, and they move through small blood vessels to carry oxygen to all parts of the body. In someone who has SCD, the red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a “sickle”. The sickle cells die early, which causes a constant shortage of red blood cells. Also, when they travel through small blood vessels, they get stuck and clog the blood flow. This can cause pain and other serious problems such infection, acute chest syndrome and stroke.
Microcosms of Injustice Found Throughout Sickle Cell Disease
Dr. Campbell describes the inequities and injustices throughout the sickle cell community. He presents an example of a patient who almost died because she was not listened to. Physicians must listen to patients with sickle cell disease because their complaints may be a preceding symptom of severe complications.
Renal Medullary Carcinoma is a rare, aggressive type of cancer that is not well known at this time; however, it is understood to affect young, physically active people who have sickle cell trait or disease.
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An Analysis of Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds Within the CASiRe International Cohort of Sickle Cell Disease Patients: Implications for Disease Phenotype and Clinical Research
A study of the geographic distribution and associated risk factors of leg ulcers within an international cohort of sickle cell disease patients: the CASiRe group analysis
Comprehensive Molecular Characterization Identifies Distinct Genomic and Immune Hallmarks of Renal Medullary Carcinoma