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Hemoglobin C Disease Overview

What is hemoglobin C disease?
A person with hemoglobin C disease has abnormal hemoglobin inside the red blood cells. Hemoglobin is a molecule that carries oxygen inside the red blood cells. The presence of hemoglobin C causes the red blood cells to be deformed, and the spleen removes the deformed red blood cells from the bloodstream. This results in a lower number of red blood cells in the bloodstream, called anemia. Hemoglobin C disease is an inherited illness.

What are the symptoms of hemoglobin C disease?
Hemoglobin C disease rarely causes symptoms. Symptoms of severe hemoglobin C disease may include muscle aches, abdominal pain, change in vision, jaw pain, and joint pains.

How does the doctor treat hemoglobin C disease?
Treatment for hemoglobin C disease may include vitamin B12 supplements, folic acid, and iron supplements.

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Last Updated: Dec 15, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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