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What is sickle cell disease?

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Dr. Richard Chudacoff
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Abnormal blood cells

Sickle cell disease occurs when there is an abnormal type of hemoglobin in blood cells.
Thought to be a survivor advantage against malaria, when these cells have too little oxygen they collapse and get stuck in small vessels. This cuts off the blood supply to organs and causes severe pain. Sickle cell traits is when only half the genes code for the abnormal hemoglobin, usually not symptomatic.

In brief: Abnormal blood cells

Sickle cell disease occurs when there is an abnormal type of hemoglobin in blood cells.
Thought to be a survivor advantage against malaria, when these cells have too little oxygen they collapse and get stuck in small vessels. This cuts off the blood supply to organs and causes severe pain. Sickle cell traits is when only half the genes code for the abnormal hemoglobin, usually not symptomatic.
Dr. Richard Chudacoff
Dr. Richard Chudacoff
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Dr. Charles Greenberg
General Practice

In brief: A diseae of blood

Sickle cell disease is a disease cause by an abnormal hemoglobin protein carriedninside red cells.
The protein becomes insoluble and causesthe red cells to stick in the blood stream and blocks blood flow.

In brief: A diseae of blood

Sickle cell disease is a disease cause by an abnormal hemoglobin protein carriedninside red cells.
The protein becomes insoluble and causesthe red cells to stick in the blood stream and blocks blood flow.
Dr. Charles Greenberg
Dr. Charles Greenberg
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