In recognition of World Sickle Cell Disease Day on June 19, CTMH would like to share a bit about Sickle Cell Disease with our patients.

Sickle cell diseases are a type of blood conditions that affect hemoglobin – the protein found in blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body. These disorders are chronic and require complicated and ongoing management by health care professionals.

Sickle cell disease is one of the most common inherited diseases worldwide. This disease most commonly affects those of sub-Saharan African descent.

Symptoms include:

  • Chronic and acute pain
  • Increased weakness to bacterial infections
  • Impaired growth
  • Infertility
  • Strokes
  • Low blood count, leading to potential problems in the major organ systems

For more information about Sickle Cell Disease, visit The Centers for Disease Control Website.