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Sickle Cell Disease - Treatment

sickle cell anemia  hemoglobin s  sickling disorder due to hemoglobin s 

A blood and bone marrow transplant is currently the only cure for some patients who have sickle cell disease. The goal of treatment is health maintenance to prevent complications and medicines and treatments to manage complications, including chronic pain.

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Sickle Cell Disease - Diagnosis

sickle cell anemia  hemoglobin s  sickling disorder due to hemoglobin s 

Your doctor may diagnose sickle cell disease based on the results from tests to confirm the results from prenatal or newborn screening.

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Sickle Cell Disease - Screening and Prevention

sickle cell anemia  hemoglobin s  sickling disorder due to hemoglobin s 

People who do not know whether they carry an abnormal hemoglobin gene can ask their doctor to have their blood tested. Couples who are planning to have children and know that they are at risk of having a child with sickle cell disease may want to meet with a genetic counselor.

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Sickle Cell Disease - Causes

sickle cell anemia  hemoglobin s  sickling disorder due to hemoglobin s 

Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease caused by defects, called mutations, in the beta globin gene that helps make hemoglobin.

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Sickle Cell Disease - Types

sickle cell anemia  hemoglobin s  sickling disorder due to hemoglobin s 

When a person has two hemoglobin S genes (hemoglobin SS), the disease is called sickle cell anemia. This is the most common and often most severe type of sickle cell disease. Hemoglobin SC disease and hemoglobin S? thalassemia are two other common types of sickle cell disease. Hemoglobin SD and hemoglobin SE are much less common.

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Heart Inflammation - Living With

Heart Inflammation  Endocarditis  Pericarditis  Myocarditis 

As you recover from your short-term treatment of heart inflammation, you will need to follow up with your doctor regularly to monitor your condition. You will want to continue all treatments as directed by your doctor, and be aware of possible complications and how to lower your risk of them.

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Heart Inflammation - Treatment

Heart Inflammation  Endocarditis  Pericarditis  Myocarditis 

Mild cases of myocarditis and pericarditis may go away without treatment. To treat heart inflammation, your doctor may recommend medicines to fight the infection or control the inflammation, and possibly surgery for certain cases.

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Heart Inflammation - Diagnosis

Heart Inflammation  Endocarditis  Pericarditis  Myocarditis 

Your doctor will diagnose heart inflammation based on your medical history, a physical exam, and various tests and procedures, such as echocardiography.

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Heart Inflammation - Screening and Prevention

Heart Inflammation  Endocarditis  Pericarditis  Myocarditis 

The signs, symptoms and complications of heart inflammation depend on whether you have endocarditis, myocarditis or pericarditis. Signs and symptoms may include fever and chills, chest pain, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and fatigue. Complications of heart inflammation may be life-threatening.

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Heart Inflammation - Risk Factors

Heart Inflammation  Endocarditis  Pericarditis  Myocarditis 

Risk factors for heart inflammation depend on the type of heart inflammation. Risk factors may include age; sex; certain genetic conditions; environment; lifestyle choices; medical conditions such as certain cancers, diabetes and HIV/AIDS; and medical procedures including artificial heart valves, pacemakers, and radiation therapy.

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