Sickle Cell Disease
Sickle cell disease is caused by a gene mutation that affects a patient's red blood cells, giving them a crescent shape, making them fragile and causing them to lodge in blood vessels. There is no cure, but the disease can be managed. We provide expert care to patients with sickle cell disease, and keep providing them with specialize care as they grow and reach each stage of life.
Sickle Cell Disease Centers of Excellence
New Yorkers who suffer from Sickle Cell Disease can get care at an HHC facility close to home. The disease is estimated to occur in 1 in 500 African Americans and 1 in 1,400 Hispanic Americans. Treatment for those suffering with sickle cell disease is offered in HHC facilities across the city.
HHC hospitals have provided decades of patient-centered care for patients with sickle cell disease, especially for children. For example, Harlem Hospital Center, which received national designation from the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. as a Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center. The center offers pediatric services, prenatal diagnosis, transfusion and social services along with genetic counseling.
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