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How much do you know about sickle cell disease?

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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?

National Human Genome Research Institute
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Substitution of which of the following amino acids causes the mutation in sickle cell?

Beyond The Dish
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Which of the following is NOT a type of sickle cell crisis?

Drug Safety News
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What is the benefit of Hydroxyurea in sickle cell patients?

Boston Children's Hospital
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Osteomyelitis in sickle cell patients is most likely due to infection with which of the following organisms?

Translational Orthopedic Biomaterials Interest Group
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Which of the following is a symptom of sickle cell disease?

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Which of the following is NOT a complication of sickle cell disease?

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How much do you know about Sickle cell disease?

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Dr Wendy Evans-Uhegbu

The author Dr Wendy Evans-Uhegbu

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, Medical Communications, and Web Design/Development. She is a part of the Medics Abroad team with the role of Chief Communications Officer. She is also a Medical Writer at 3D4 Medical and runs a Medical Communications and Children's books company (ODR Integrated Services/ ODR Books).  She is the author of the newly published children's book series "The Things Around Me".

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