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What is Sickle Cell Disease?

Definition of Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease of red blood cells. It is characterized by pain episodes, anemia (shortage of red blood cells), serious infections and damage to vital organs. The symptoms of sickle cell disease are caused by abnormal hemoglobin. Hemoglobin, the main protein inside red blood cells, carries oxygen from the lungs and takes it to every part of the body.

For this condition to be severe enough to meet the Social Security Administration's listing the claimant must have:

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