(Sickle Cell Disease)
Sickle cell anemia – Definition
Sickle cell anemia is a genetic disorder. It alters the shape of the red blood cells (RBCs). This decreases their ability to carry oxygen. It can also cause acute episodes of pain. These are called a sickle cell crisis. The body will also destroy the sickle cells. The loss of RBCs results in anemia.
The change in the ability and number of RBCs can decrease the amount of oxygen for the body.