How much do you know about sickle cell disease?
Sickle cell disease is very common, especially within the black population. But how much do you actually know about this very common disease? In the spirit of World Sickle Cell day (June 19th), take this quiz to find out and learn more about the condition .
Sickle cell disease is essentially a group of inherited blood disorders that affect hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a key component of red blood cells that is vital in oxygen delivery to tissues and organs all over the body.
In sickle cell disease, the hemoglobin component of red blood cells are abnormal (hemoglobin S), and red blood cells take up an unusual “sickle” shape, making them more likely to “hook” each other as they flow through the blood vessels. This increases the likelihood of blood vessel obstruction, causing the symptoms of sickle cell disease.
Which of the following can precipitate a sickle cell crisis?
Substitution of which of the following amino acids causes the mutation in sickle cell?
Which of the following is NOT a type of sickle cell crisis?
What is the benefit of Hydroxyurea in sickle cell patients?
Osteomyelitis in sickle cell patients is most likely due to infection with which of the following organisms?
Which of the following is a symptom of sickle cell disease?
Which of the following is NOT a complication of sickle cell disease?
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Dr. Wendy Evans-Uhegbu is a graduate of The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, with experience in Connected Health, Medical Technology, Clinical Research, Medical Education, and Web Design. She is a member of the Medics Abroad team with the role of Chief Communications Officer. She also runs a Medical Communications and Publishing business, and is the author of the newly published children’s book “The Things Around Me”.