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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)  
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  4. Living with Sickle Cell Anemia From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
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  5. What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Sickle Cell Anemia? From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
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  6. What Causes Sickle Cell Anemia? From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
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  7. How Is Sickle Cell Anemia Treated? From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
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  8. How Is Sickle Cell Anemia Diagnosed? From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
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  9. Sickle Cell Anemia From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
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  10. Sickle Cell Anemia (Nemours Foundation)  
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