Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects more than 100,000 persons (more prevalent in blacks, Hispanics, and some Asian Americans) in the United States. This podcast discusses treatment options for sickle cell disease. Created: 9/16/2010 by MMWR.
Date Released: 9/16/2010. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
A Century of Sickle Cell
Sickle Cell Awareness Month — September, 2010
Recorded: September 14, 2010; posted: September 16, 2010
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Nearly one hundred years ago, the first case of what became known as sickle cell disease was documented. It’s an inherited blood disorder that affects more than 100,000 persons in the United States. The disease is more prevalent in blacks, Hispanics, and some Asian Americans. Sickle cell disease can lead to complications, such as infection, stroke, extreme pain, and even death. Bone marrow transplants are a cure, but unfortunately, it’s not an option for most people. There are treatments available that can decrease the number and severity of painful episodes, as well as reduce the risk of complications that can result from the disease.
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