Sickle Cell Disease

Also known as: sickle, SCD

What is 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 for Sickle Cell Disease

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.


The Sickle Cell/Hemoglobinopathies Comprehensive Care Program

The Sickle Cell/Hemoglobinopathies Comprehensive Care Program, offered through the Cancer Center at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, has been providing treatment for children with sickle cell disease and other homeblobinopathies for more than 25 years. Over 300 patients with are cared for on a regular basis.

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This page was last updated on: 11/8/2017 1:37:53 PM

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