What is Sickle Cell Anemia: What Causes Sickle Cell Anemia?

What is Sickle cell anemia? Sickle cell anemia (a common form of sickle cell disease) is a genetic blood disorder that affects the red blood cells in the body. Instead of being shaped like soft, spongy discs like normal red blood cells, blood cells affected by sickle cell anemia are curved like a sickle or crescent. This causes the blood cells to be sticky and less flexible than normal blood cells so that they may block blood flow through the blood vessels. [Read more...]