Chronic myeloproliferative disorders are serious conditions that require treatment to lower abnormal levels of blood cells in the body. However, your prognosis for this disease greatly depends on which type you have. Left untreated, serious complications such as heart attack, stroke, infection, and internal bleeding may develop. Therefore, it is essential to have an annual physical exam and blood tests to help diagnose and treat any abnormalities as early as possible. Treatments can greatly relieve your symptoms and help prevent serious complications.
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Could I get HIV from receiving blood?
American Red Cross answeredAccording to the latest medical research, the chance of receiving an HIV-infected transfusion is estimated to be about 1 in 2,000,000 or less. The blood supply is well protected from the AIDS virus. The risk of being infected with HIV from a blood transfusion is very low. The risk of infection exists during what is called the “window period.” This is the time between the actual infection with HIV and when the test can detect the presence of the virus or antibodies to the virus in a person’s blood. An estimate of the length of this period is now 10-12 days. Since the Red Cross began testing blood for the HIV-antibody in early 1985, the risk of HIV-contaminated blood entering the blood supply has dropped dramatically.
What are the symptoms of sickle-hemoglobin C (Hb S-C) disease?
The symptoms of sickle-hemoglobin C (Hb S-C) disease are similar to the symptoms of sickle cell anemia. However, people with Hb S-C disease generally experience symptoms that are less severe. For instance, individuals with sickle-hemoglobin C disease may suffer from anemia, a condition that reduces the amount of available red blood cells and causes fatigue. However, individuals with the disorder may also have normal levels of red blood cells. Other symptoms of sickle cell anemia, such as pain in the chest, abdomen, and joints; infections, vision problems, and jaundice may or may not be present in sufferers of Hb S-C disease.
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