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"Facts About Sickle Cell Disease

SCD is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. Healthy red blood cells are round, and they move through small blood vessels to carry oxygen to all parts of the body. In someone who has SCD, the red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a “sickle”. The sickle cells die early, which causes a constant shortage of red blood cells. Also, when they travel through small blood vessels, they get stuck and clog the blood flow. This can cause pain and other serious problems such infection, acute chest syndrome and stroke."

Found on http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/sicklecell/facts.html




You can find free Sickle Cell Disease materials on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website:
Get Screened to Know Your Sickle Cell Status
Get Screened to Know Your Sickle Cell Status
Tip Sheet: Supporting Students with Sickle Cell Disease Adobe PDF file
Tip Sheet: Supporting Students with Sickle Cell Disease Adobe PDF file
Infographic: Get Screened for Sickle Cell Trait
Infographic: Get Screened for Sickle Cell Trait