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What is sickle cell disease (SCD)?

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Sickle cell disease (SCD) is the most common inherited blood disorder. That means it’s passed down through families. The disease gets its name because when you have SCD, your red blood cells look like a sickle, which is a C-shaped farm tool.

From: What is Sickle Cell Disease? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Human Genome Research Institute: “Learning About Sickle Cell Disease.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Sickle Cell Anemia,” “How is Sickle Cell Disease Diagnosed?”

Mayo Clinic: “Sickle Cell Anemia.”

CDC: “Facts About Sickle Cell Disease.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 7, 2019

SOURCES:

National Human Genome Research Institute: “Learning About Sickle Cell Disease.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Sickle Cell Anemia,” “How is Sickle Cell Disease Diagnosed?”

Mayo Clinic: “Sickle Cell Anemia.”

CDC: “Facts About Sickle Cell Disease.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 7, 2019

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