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Jones, Phill. Sickle Cell Disease. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 2008. Peterson, Judy Monroe. Sickle Cell Anemia. New York: Rosen Publishing, 2008. Silverstein, Alvin, et al. The Sickle Cell Anemia Update. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, 2006. 59 Sickle Cell Anemia Index Page numbers for illustrations are in boldface. alpha-globulin proteins, 19, 20, 22 anemia, 12, 23 aorta, 14, 15, 16 arteries, 14, 16, 17 arterioles, 16 beta-globulin proteins, 19, 20, 22 blood flow, 14–18, 15, 22, 23, 26, 44 blood pressure, 16, 46 blood transfusions, 34, 35, 48 blood vessels, 7, 14, 18, 21, 22, 43, 44, 46, 48 bone marrow, 16, 18, 20–22 transplants of, 33, 39, 48, 50 brain, 23, 33, 46 capillaries, 14, 16, 18, 22, 43 carbon dioxide, 14, 16, 18, 20 causes, 8, 12–14, 13, 22, 27 cells, 12, 16, 20, 22 see also red blood cells; white blood cells circulatory system, 14–16, 15 colds, 8, 9 sickle-shaped, 8, 12–13, 13, 22, 27, 28, 33, 42 germs.
For a person with sickle cell anemia, the oxygen-rich blood from the transfusion restores cells that have become injured or weak due to lack of oxygen. Transfusions also help relieve pain and prevent damage to many parts of the body. People with frequent or severe pain crises are likely to receive frequent blood transfusions. People with life-threatening sickle cell disease can opt for a bone marrow transplant. Surgeons extract healthy bone marrow from a person who is a close blood type and tissue match.
In young children with severe sickle cell disease, these infections can be fatal. Sickle cell disease has no definite cure, but today’s treatments and therapies offer much promise. To achieve as enjoyable and pain-free a life as possible, people with sickle cell disease and their families need to take very active roles in 46 LIVING WITH SICKLE CELL ANEMIA People with sickle cell anemia will have to visit the doctor more often than healthy people, but the doctors can help treat the disease. managing their health.
Sickle Cell Anemia by Ruth Bjorklund