Sickle cell disease is genetic. To have it, children must get 2 faulty genes—one from each parent.
The disease is most common in people of African descent. It is also more common in those with ancestors from:
- Central and South America
- the Mediterranean
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Last reviewed March 2020 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Marcin Chwistek, MD
Last Updated: 3/4/2021