What to think about
A series of blood
transfusions is the treatment of choice to prevent strokes and treat other
aspects of sickle cell disease. Stem cell transplant is a rare treatment. For more information, see Other Treatment.
People with sickle cell
disease should avoid contact with anyone suspected of having
fifth disease, which is caused by parvovirus.
Parvovirus can cause the body to temporarily stop making blood cells, a severe
life-threatening problem in someone who has sickle cell disease.
Aplastic anemia can occur as a result of a shortage
of red blood cells. It can come on suddenly and is life-threatening if not
People with sickle cell disease and their
families face ongoing
stress. For help coping, see Home Treatment.