This is a nationally recognized program which has been the recipient of competitive grants from the Health Resources and Service Administration since 1995. The Program is enhanced by funding from New York State Department of Health.
Board Certified Hematologists and other personnel provide coordinated care in all settings.
Our mission is to provide coordinated, comprehensive medical care, education and psychosocial support to enhance quality of life of patients with sickle cell disease and their families.
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What is Sickle Cell Disease?
Sickle cell disease is a genetic condition that causes a lifelong anemia (low blood count). This happens because of a change in the makeup of the heamoglobin (a protein in the red blood cells) which carries oxygen to the body.
What happens with Sickle Cell Disease?
Normal red blood cells are shaped like a doughnut which allows them to squeeze through small blood vessels. In sickle cell disease, red blood cells are sickle shaped, unbending and block small blood vessels. They also break up easily and causes anemia. Major complications are painful crises, serious infection, stroke and damage to body organs
How common is Sickle Cell Disease?
Sickle cell disease affects millions of people worldwide. It affects over 100,000 people in the U.S.
Types of Sickle Cell Disease?
There are several types of sickle cell disease. The most common are:
How do you get Sickle Cell Disease?
If both mother and father carry the trait for a sickle cell disorder, there is a:
What medical problems are associated with Sickle Cell Disease?
In sickle cell disease, hemoglobin, a component of red blood cells that carries oxygen is altered. This causes the red blood cells to stiffen and twist into jagged “sickle” shapes. These cells block small blood vessels leading to:
Are children at serious risk?
How do you test for Sickle Cell?
A blood test called hemoglobin electrophoresis will detect sickle cell disease, trait and other hemoglobin types.
What is Sickle Cell Trait?
Sickle cell trait (AS) is an inherited condition where one carries the gene for sickle cell.People with sickle cell trait are generally healthy but should be aware of their trait status.
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Treatments such as blood transfusions, Transcranial doppler testing and special medications which may require close observation during administration are given in our office or in our Ambulatory Infusion/Therapy Unit (AITU) which has a dedicated staff. We also work closely with the Department of Anesthesiology's Pain Management Center to design individual treatment plans. Maintaining our patient's comfort and integrity is our primary responsibility.
Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
One Brookdale Plaza
Suite 346 CHC
Brooklyn, NY 11212-3198
Phone: (718) 240-5904
Fax: (718) 240-6730
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