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SCD 101

SCD 101

Thank you for trying to know about sickle cell disease. I’ll keep this as short as possible.

What is sickle cell disease?

Well simply put by me it is PAIN! It is an inherited disorder of the blood in which the haemoglobin pigment in erythrocytes (red blood cells) is abnormal. This abnormal ‘haemoglobin-S’ crystallizes in small capillaries due to low concentration of oxygen (it is sufficient for normal haemoglobin) this causes the red blood cells to to assume distorted, making sickle like shapes. This blockage leads to excruciating pain due to tissues being deprived of blood and oxygen.

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