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What is Sickle Cell Disease?

Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited blood disorder. It is marked by flawed hemoglobin. That's the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to the tissues of the body, so Sickle Cell Disease interferes with the delivery of oxygen to the tissues. Red blood cells with normal hemoglobin are smooth, disk-shaped and flexible like doughnuts without holes. They can move through the blood vessels easily. Cells with sickle cell hemoglobin are stiff and sticky. When they lose their oxygen, they form into the shape of a sickle or crescent , like the letter c. these cells stick together and can't move through the blood vessels. this can block small blood vessels and the movement of healthy, normal oxygen-carrying blood....

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