Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Sickle Cell Anemia Underlying Cause

Sickle cell anemia is caused by a gene that makes abnormal hemoglobin. Hemoglobin carries oxygen inside red blood cells. The abnormal hemoglobin results in abnormal shape of the red blood cells. As a result, the red blood cells function poorly and form clots in the small blood vessels in the body.

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Last Updated: Jul 30, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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