Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited disease of the red blood cells. It is characterized by pain episodes, anemia (shortage of red blood cells), serious infections and damage to vital organs.
Sickle Cell Disease causes the red blood cells to make abnormal hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the part of blood that carries oxygen through the body. There are different kids of sickle cell diseases. Some are mild, but others cause serious illness.
This disease causes the red blood cells to change from their normal round shape to a sickle shape. The sickle shape will sometimes prevent the cell from passing through the small vessels, blocking the flow of blood to all parts of the body causing a “painful episode” or “crisis” (pain of various degrees) in various parts of the body.
This disease affects many nationalities, including African Americans, Arabs, Greeks, Italians, Latin Americans, and people from India.
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