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What is Sickle Cell Disease

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What is Sickle Cell Disease

Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institue 

Sickle cell disease is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders that affect hemoglobin, the protein that carries oxygen through the body. This condition affects more than 100,000 people in the United States and 20 million people (about the population of New York) worldwide.                     

Normally, red blood cells are disc-shaped and flexible enough to move easily through the blood vessels. If you have sickle cell disease, your red blood cells are crescent- or “sickle”-shaped. These cells do not bend or move easily and can block blood flow to the rest of your body. 

Blocked blood flow through the body can lead to serious problems, including stroke, eye problems, infections, and episodes of pain called, pain crises. 

Sickle cell disease is a lifelong illness. A blood and bone marrow transplant is currently the only cure for sickle cell disease, but there are effective treatments that can reduce symptoms and prolong the life of a patient with sickle cell disease.  

Campbell County Medical Group Complex and Internal Medicine specializes in chronic and complex diseases like Sickle Cell disease. This September, we recognize and bring awareness to Sickle Cell Disease and honor the fight and endurance of those who carry it throughout their lives.  

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