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Sickle cell anemia is a disease in which your body produces abnormally shaped red blood cells. The cells are shaped like a crescent or sickle. They don't last as long as normal, round red blood cells. This leads to anemia. The sickle cells also get stuck in blood vessels, blocking blood flow. This can cause pain and organ damage.

A genetic problem causes sickle cell anemia. People with the disease are born with two sickle cell genes, one from each parent. If you only have one sickle cell gene, it's called sickle cell trait. About 1 in 12 African Americans has sickle cell trait.

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  1. Sickle Cell Anemia (National Library of Medicine)  
    Sickle cell anemia is a disease in which your body produces abnormally shaped red blood cells. The cells are ... pain and organ damage. A genetic problem causes sickle cell anemia. People with the disease are born with two ...
  2. Resources - sickle cell anemia ... following organizations are good resources for information on sickle cell anemia : American Sickle Cell Anemia Association - www.ascaa.org/ ...
  3. ... have to stay in the hospital. What Causes Sickle Cell Anemia? Sickle cell anemia is an inherited (say: in- ... sickle) in their red blood cells. How Is Sickle Cell Anemia Treated? Most young kids with sickle cell anemia ...
  4. Living with Sickle Cell Anemia From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. Living With Sickle Cell Anemia With good health care, many people who have ... are helpful. Caring for a Child Who Has Sickle Cell Anemia If your child has sickle cell anemia, learn ...
  5. What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Sickle Cell Anemia? From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
    ... Twitter. What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Sickle Cell Anemia? The signs and symptoms of sickle cell anemia ... people who have sickle cell anemia. Complications of Sickle Cell Anemia Sickle cell crises can affect many parts of ...
  6. Anemia - sickle cell; Hemoglobin SS disease (Hb SS); Sickle cell disease ... Sickle cell anemia is caused by an abnormal type of hemoglobin called hemoglobin S. Hemoglobin is a protein inside red ...
  7. Sickle Cell Anemia (Nemours Foundation)  
    ... do not have the disease itself. What Is Sickle Cell Anemia? Sickle cell anemia is a blood disorder that affects hemoglobin (pronounced: ... RBCs) that helps carry oxygen throughout the body. Sickle cell anemia occurs when a person inherits two abnormal genes ( ...
  8. Sickle Cell Anemia From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. What Is Sickle Cell Anemia? Sickle cell anemia (uh-NEE-me-uh) is the most common ... with abnormal (sickle) hemoglobin forming abnormal strands. Overview Sickle cell anemia is one type of anemia . Anemia is a ...
  9. What Causes Sickle Cell Anemia? From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. What Causes Sickle Cell Anemia? Sickle cell anemia is an inherited disease. People who have the ... Managing Sickle Cell Disease (Tiffany) 05/27/2011 Sickle Cell Anemia Clinical Trials Clinical trials are research studies that ...
  10. How Is Sickle Cell Anemia Treated? From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. How Is Sickle Cell Anemia Treated? Sickle cell anemia has no widely available cure. However, treatments can ... symptoms and treat complications. The goals of treating sickle cell anemia are to relieve pain; prevent infections, organ damage, ...
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