Prognosis- Likely outcome for people with this disorder, how long will they live? What will the quality of their life be like?
The likely outcome for people with this disorder is that they will often suffer from periods of pain due to the sickle cell blocking the path in which the red blood cells travels through. By blocking the path, it damages the tissue surrounding the area that is blocked.
Unfortunately there is no cure for this disorder, but regular doses of medication (penicillin) are given to infants/ young children in order to prevent serious infections/problems. Blood transfusion can also be done regularly to prevent/avoid chances of organ damage, strokes and it can also relieve symptoms that occur due to red blood cell loss. However, due to the sudden period of pains around the body, it can harm the victim, leaving him/her with broken joints and more.
Those who have sickle cell anaemia can take care of themselves by: Drinking plenty of water, avoid temperature extremes, exercise enough but not too much and use medications.
This is a video which shows the lives of those who live with sickle cell anaemia and how they manage it.
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