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How does sickle cell anemia affect men differently than women?

Complications of sickle cell anemia may cause priapism in men. Priapism is characterized by lasting or tender erections, caused by obstructed blood vessels in the penis due to an abundance of sickle cells. This can result in impotence and permanent damage to the tissues of the penis.

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