September is sickle cell awareness month

St.maarten – September is recognized as sickle cell awareness month. The Sint Maarten Sickle Cell Foundation says it is important for people to be tested for this inherited disease that causes red blood cells to form an abnormal crescent shape.

Frequent blood transfusions are one of the most popular treatments for the disease, which have been shown to be effective when treating severe complications from sickle cell disease such as strokes and damage to major organs. Severe complications may lead to severe infections. The amount of normal blood cells increase when having a blood transfusions as the cells obtain oxygen all over the body and the blood vessels are then unblocked.

Source: Today SXM September is sickle cell awareness month