Hemoglobin C Disease Overview
What is hemoglobin C disease?
A person with hemoglobin C disease has abnormal hemoglobin inside the red blood cells. Hemoglobin is a molecule that carries oxygen inside the red blood cells. The presence of hemoglobin C causes the red blood cells to be deformed, and the spleen removes the deformed red blood cells from the bloodstream. This results in a lower number of red blood cells in the bloodstream, called anemia. Hemoglobin C disease is an inherited illness.
What are the symptoms of hemoglobin C disease?
Hemoglobin C disease rarely causes symptoms. Symptoms of severe hemoglobin C disease may include muscle aches, abdominal pain, change in vision, jaw pain, and joint pains.
How does the doctor treat hemoglobin C disease?
Treatment for hemoglobin C disease may include vitamin B12 supplements, folic acid, and iron supplements.
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