What medical problems are associated with Sickle Cell Disease?

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 in

In sickle cell disease, hemoglobin, a component of red blood cells that carries oxygen is altered. This causes the red blood cells to stiffen and twist into jagged “sickle” shapes. These cells block small blood vessels leading to:

  • Painful crises (pain in arms, legs, chest or abdomen)
  • Stroke
  • Lung tissue damage (acute chest syndrome)
  • Serious infections
  • Damage to many organs including the spleen, kidneys and liver
  • Anemia