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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. 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 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 ...
  6. 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: ...
  7. 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, ...
  8. Sickle Cell Anemia (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)  
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  10. ... the need for blood transfusions in patients with sickle cell anemia (an inherited blood disorder in which the red ... of cancer cells in your body. Hydroxyurea treats sickle cell anemia by helping to prevent formation of sickle-shaped ...
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