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scientific articles

Children with sickle cell disease migrating to the United States from sub-Saharan Africa

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source: Pediatric Blood and Cancer

year: 2018

authors: Thornburg CD, Ware RE


Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited red blood cell disorder that occurs worldwide and results in significant morbidity and mortality. In addition to affected children who are born in the US, an increasing number of children with SCD are migrating to the US with their families or through international adoption.

Children arriving as immigrants or refugees have unique medical and psychosocial challenges that require a multidisciplinary team approach which takes into account the family’s primary language, culture, and health beliefs. This review focuses on the special challenges for children with SCD who emigrate from sub-Saharan Africa to the US.


organization: Rady Children's Hospital San Diego, United States; UC San Diego, United States; Cincinnati Children's Hospital, United States

DOI: 10.1002/pbc.27000

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