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What is sickle cell disease?

SCFA_Coach October 13, 2023

What Is Sickle Cell Disease?

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders.

Healthy red blood cells are round and they move through small blood vessels carrying oxygen to all parts of the body.

For someone with SCD, the red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a “sickle”.

Sickle cells die early in comparison to non- sickle cells, which causes a constant shortage of red blood cells.

Sickle cells can get stuck in small blood vessels and block the flow of blood and oxygen to organs in the body. These changes in cells can cause repeated episodes of severe pain, organ damage, serious infections, or even stroke.