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In the United States today, one of every 400 African-American children and one in every 1,250 Hispanic children are born with sickle cell disease, a debilitating, painful condition. Patients with sickle cell disease suffer from abnormally shaped, rigid and adhesive red blood cells. These abnormal cells “close off” blood vessels and cause recurring, painful episodes called “sickle cell crises.” An individual with sickle cell disease can develop a crisis at any time – the pain can last for days or even weeks and is frequently severe enough to require hospitalization.
These painful events associated with SCD can be more severe and occur more frequently in cold weather.
education & researchPractice variation in emergency department management of children with sickle cell disease who present with feverOBJECTIVES:Urgent medical evaluation is ...
education & researchEffect of crizanlizumab on pain crises in subgroups of patients with sickle cell disease: A SUSTAIN study analysisThe cell adhesion molecule P-selectin pl...
news & eventsMultidisciplinary Care Team Greatly Reduces Risk in Pregnant SCD Patients in Low-income CountriesAccording to a study published in the Am...
news & eventsBlack Americans With Sickle Cell Trait At Increased Risk Of Kidney DiseaseAfrican Americans with sickle cell trait...
videos & visualsSickle Cell Disease: Why Is It Hard to Talk About Our Pain?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63pgiclv...
news & eventsHydroxyurea linked to ‘significant, rapid’ reduction of sperm countSix months of hydroxyurea therapy detrim...
news & eventsSCD Patients Benefit From Early Rivipansel Treatment for VOCs, New Analyses ShowStarting treatment with rivipansel (GMI-...
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