Photomicrograph of red blood cells, including multiple sickle cells

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)  
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  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ( ...
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  8. Sickle Cell Anemia From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
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  9. Living with Sickle Cell Anemia From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
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  10. What Causes Sickle Cell Anemia? From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
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