At Children’s National, we understand that sickle cell disease affects your child’s quality of life, and we do everything we can to make your child comfortable using the most innovative therapies and treatments.
Sickle cell disease affects many families. In fact, one in 500 African-American children born in the United States will be diagnosed with sickle cell disease, making it the most commonly diagnosed disease in newborn screenings. Treating nearly 1,400 children a year, Children’s National is among the largest sickle cell programs in the country. We offer an array of services designed to meet all of your child’s health needs, with special focus on his or her safety and comfort.
From dedicated pain clinics for older children to specialized infant sickle cell care, Children’s National delivers care and support to provide a sense of well-being and normalcy to children and their families.
Highlights of our program include:
Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that impacts the red blood cells that carry oxygen to the tissues of the body. It is caused by a change in the genes for hemoglobin, which carries oxygen inside the red blood cells. This change causes the cells to take on a sickle or crescent shape. The sickle-shaped cells tend to clog small blood vessels and block blood flow to the tissues and organs. This can cause many complications associated with sickle cell disease, such as anemia, pain crisis, acute chest syndrome, and stroke.
Even though a cure for all types of sickle cell anemia is still being researched, patients with the diagnosis can still live a healthy life as long as they take good care of themselves. The team at Children’s works with patients and families to understand and treat their disease from its earliest stages.
Our comprehensive approach includes delivering age-appropriate care:
As a premier sickle cell treatment program, Children’s National offers the best available treatments.
Your child’s care may include:
For more information or to make an appointment, call us at 202-476-7060, or meet the team.
"In the midst of every situation remember that there is no situation that you will face that you (along with your support team) are not well-equipped to handle."
Blood and Marrow Transplantation Specialist
Karen Smith Wong
Barbara Speller Brown
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Our Infant Sickle Cell Program team of physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, genetic counselors and development specialists provides education about the diagnosis, supportive care, and treatment options to families.
Children’s National sees children from around the Washington, DC, metropolitan region, nation, and world who need the kind of specialized expertise and child-focused care we offer.
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