Sickle cell disease, which includes sickle cell anemia, is a genetic disorder inherited from both parents. The Warren Clinic Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis is committed to helping children and their families understand this chronic disease and provide early intervention, education and complication management in order for the sickle cell patient to have a good quality of life.
This disease is found most commonly in African Americans, but also in people of Mediterranean decent, Native American Indians and Hispanics. Sickle cell disease affects red blood cell shape. A normal red blood cell is disc shaped, but in sickle cell disease the red blood cells are crescent shaped and cause circulation problems and anemia. If both parents have the sickle cell trait, their children have a one in four chance of having the disease.
Warren Clinic Pediatric Hematology/Oncology offers the treatments and resources for managing this lifelong disease. Some specific treatment programs include:
- Blood transfusions
- Pain management
- Penicillin prophylaxis
- Transcranial Doppler (TCD)
- Routine screenings
For additional information about the Sickle Cell Clinic, please call 918-502-6720.