In order to diagnose your sickle-hemoglobin C (Hb S-C) disease, the doctor will first talk to you about your symptoms. Symptoms similar to sickle cell anemia can suggest you have the disorder. In order to complete the diagnosis, the doctor may also use hemoglobin electrophoresis, a test in which blood is drawn and analyzed for hemoglobin levels. They will also examine the shape of your red blood cells and the frequency with which the sickled cells appear.
Joseph D. McCracken, MD
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursCancer Care Center of Texas
San Antonio, TX 78212
- Community First Health Plans
- Humana Health Plan
- UNICARE Health Plans of Texas
- United Healthcare
- Baptist Medical Center
- CHRISTUS Santa Rosa City Centre & Children's Hospital
- Metropolitan Methodist Hospital
- Nix Medical Center
- Nix Specialty Health Center
- South Texas Regional Medical Center
- How is sickle-hemoglobin C (Hb S-C) disease diagnosed?
Are there alternative therapies for chronic myeloproliferative disorders?
Alternative therapies offer unconventional ways to treat disease and are used in place of traditional medicine. Complementary therapies are used in combination with traditional medicine and, in some cases, alternative therapies.
An example of an alternative treatment for chronic myeloproliferative disorders (MPD) is stem cell transplant. This is still in experimental stages, but may be more effective for certain types of these disorders. Complementary therapies available for chronic MPD are diet, vitamins, and herbs. Nutrition plays an important part in fighting disease and promoting healing. Some advocate foods rich in antioxidants, like blueberries and squash, and healthy fats such as olive oil. Try to avoid trans-fatty acids, refined foods, smoking, and alcohol. You may also want to ask your doctor about using vitamins or herbs to complement your treatment. Vitamins like omega-3 fatty acids may promote a healthy immune system, and herbs found in green tea and milk thistle contain antioxidants, which help promote healthy cell production. Always talk to your doctor before adding any complementary or alternative therapies to your chronic MPD treatment.
What are lymphocytes?
A lymphocyte is a type of white blood cell that is produced in the spleen, tonsils, thymus gland and the lymph nodes and other lymph tissues. Lymphocytes identify and help destroy cells that are infected with a virus or other infectious organism.
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