Sickle cell disease is an inherited
blood disorder that turns normal, round blood cells into misshaped cells that
look like sickles or crescent moons. These sickled cells can get stuck in blood
vessels, blocking blood flow and causing severe pain as well as damage to
organs, muscles, and bones.
Dehydration can trigger blood flow to slow down, which
may cause a painful event in a person with sickle cell disease.
Dehydration occurs when the body loses too much water. People can lose
large amounts of water when they:
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De Novo and Secondary Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Treatment of de novo and secondary myelodysplastic syndromes may include the following:
Supportive care with transfusiontherapy.
High-dose chemotherapy with stem cell transplant using stem cells from a donor.
Supportive care with growth factortherapy.
A person with sickle cell disease should seek medical care
for dehydration right away.
If you have sickle cell disease, don't
let a fear of dehydration stop you from exercising. Just be sure to drink
fluids before, during and after your activities. If your child has sickle cell
disease, let teachers and other school personnel know that children who have
sickle cell disease need water or other fluids available at all times. You can
also provide written instructions listing the symptoms of dehydration and what
to do if it occurs.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Martin Steinberg, MD - Hematology
October 7, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 07, 2010
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