What Is Sickle Cell Anemia?

Sickle Cell Disease, formally known as Sickle Cell Anemia, is actually a collection of diseases of the blood that cause changes in the shape of red blood cells that travel through the body’s circulatory system. Healthy red blood cells are round and flexible. Red blood cells in someone who has this condition become brittle and sticky and acquire the shape of a C-shaped farm tool known as a sickle.