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Is sickle cell anemia serious?

Yes, sickle cell anemia is serious. Sometimes, it may be life-threatening as blood and oxygen flow could become blocked by an obstruction of sickle cells. When this happens, sickle cell anemia could cause a stroke or organ damage.

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