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Sickle cell disease

Also known as: sickle

Sickle cell disease

Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder in which red blood cells contain an abnormal type of hemoglobin. As a result, red blood cells become sickle- or crescent-shaped and do not pass through small blood vessels with ease. This can result in blockages of blood flow, pain, stroke and damage to internal organs.
 
Treatment: Treatment includes management of complications, including hydroxyurea, antibiotics, pain management, blood transfusion, and more. Blood or marrow transplantation is the only cure for this disease.  Currently only patients with high risk disease are offered transplantation. Individual discussions will be held with the family.


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