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Sickle Cell Anemia

Sickle Cell Anemia Symptoms and Causes

Sickle cell anemia is an inherited blood disorder characterized by defective hemoglobin (a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to the tissues of the body). Sickle cell hemoglobin cells are stiff and sticky and form into the shape of a sickle when they lose their oxygen. These cells tend to cluster together and cannot easily move through the blood vessels. Symptoms of sickle cell anemia include anemia, pain, acute chest syndrome, stroke and jaundice.