Early diagnosis of Sickle Cell Anemia is almost crucial for newborns, as the babies are extremely susceptible to other diseases and infections. In many states, two blood tests are given to check whether the sickle cell trait or the actual disease is present. If the trait is present, proper treatment can be promptly given.
If a crisis becomes serious enough to force the patient to contact a physician or go to the hospital, several medications can be given. These can include:
· Antibiotics- if a bacterial infection may be suspected
· Dialysis- if the patient’s red blood cell count is low
· Bone marrow transplants
If a patient is admitted into the hospital, he is usually given a form of pain-killing medication. This can include oxycodon or morphine.
Unfortunately, there is no cure as of yet for sickle cell anemia. However, many doctors and scientists are convinced that bone marrow transplants may cure some patients. Further research is being conducted on this possibility.