June 19 Is World Sickle Cell Day: Get the Facts

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  • What Is Sickle Cell Disease?
  • Why Is SCD Harmful?
  • What Are the Complications?
  • How Do You Treat It?
  • Iron Overload and SCD
  • How Do You Know You Have SCD?
  • African-Americans and Sickle Cell
  • Sickle Cell and Genetics
  • Is There a Cure?
  • The 411 on Sickle Cell

What Are the Complications?

SCD can have some devastating symptoms including pain, swelling, numbness, tingling or redness of the hands or feet. It can also cause infections, lung issues, bone deterioration, asthma, hypertension, gallstones, stroke and even death. The symptoms can be mild for some and severe for others.

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