What Is Sickle Cell Disease?

Q:
What is the definition of sickle cell disease?

A:
Sickle cell disease is the most common inherited blood disorder. People with sickle cell disease have abnormal hemoglobin which forms rods that can clump together. That causes red blood cells to become rigid and curved. Blood flow may be blocked.

Sickle cell disease is not contagious. People can only get if from their parents.

People with sickle cell disease may have following early signs:

  • Painful swelling of hands and feet.
  • Fatigue.
  • Yellowish color of skin or whites of eyes.

If you have signs above and your family has a sickle cell disease history, you had better ask your doctor for his or her advice at once.

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