Sickled red blood cells

Inside view of red blood cells in blood vessel, with close-up of normal and sickled red blood cells

People with sickle cell disease, an inherited condition, have red blood cells that can change form. The red blood cells can change from round into a "sickle" or crescent shape.

Current as of: April 29, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Martin Steinberg MD - Hematology