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Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. In SCD, the red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a "sickle."

People with SCD can live full lives and enjoy most of the activities that other people do. If you have SCD, it's important to learn how to stay as health as possible.

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Facts, signs, diagnosis, treatment, and pregnancy.

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Facts, complications, and diagnosis.


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Registry and Surveillance System for Hemoglobinopathies (RuSH).

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Sickle Cell Disease Education and Awareness in Your Community

What is sickle cell disease? What's it like to live with it? We estimate 90,000-100,000 Americans are affected by sickle cell disease.

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