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Sickle Cell Anemia, also known as Sickle Cell Disease, is a blood disorder that causes the red blood cells to become sickle shaped instead of round. Red blood cells have a protein in them called hemoglobin that transports oxygen throughout the body. People with sickle cell disease have abnormal hemoglobin which causes the red blood cells to be stiff/sticky and not move around the body as well causing blockage in the vessel walls. This can slow down or stop the flow of blood in the body causing excruciating pain known as a pain crisis. Sickle Cell Anemia is the most common inherited blood disorder in the United States.