If you or someone you know suffers from sickle cell, Washington University physicians want you to know that expert care and support are now more convenient than ever.
Morey Blinder, MD, Washington University hematologist, says, “Sickle cell is an inherited form of anemia that is usually diagnosed in infancy. The disease changes normal red blood cells into cells that are shaped like crescent moons.
Normal red blood cells move easily through blood vessels, taking oxygen to every part of the body. But sickled cells can get stuck and block blood vessels, which stops the oxygen from getting through -- causing a lot of pain in the chest, abdomen and joints. It can also harm organs, muscles, and bones. Jaundice, vision problems, frequent infections and delayed growth are symptoms, as well. ”
There is no cure for most patients with sickle cell. Treatment includes medications aimed at relieving pain and preventing problems associated with the disease. Blood transfusions can help to relieve anemia – but they do carry some risk because excess iron can damage the heart and other organs.
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SICKLE CELL CARE is now available at two locations -- Central West End and North County.
The Washington University sickle cell care team provides exceptional medical care, disease management and support.
The care team offers:
- World-class transfusion services
- Access to clinical trials
- Advanced orthopedic services
- Assistance in connecting patients to other specialists, including primary care, women’s health and ophthalmology
- On-site pharmacy
- Continuity of care from inpatient to outpatient
The NEW Young Adult Sickle Cell Clinic is available at both locations for patients ages 18-26. It provides:
- Coordination between pediatric and adult physicians
- More frequent and longer appointments
- Comprehensive stroke prevention program
- Access to clinical trials for eligible patients
- Coordinated appointments with other specialties
To make an appointment with the Washington University sickle cell care team, please call (314) 362-7216
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