Sickle Cell Disease Research

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder that can cause pain, anemia, infection, and other serious health problems. CDC leads SCD monitoring, or finding out the number of people with this disorder and how it affects their health. This information helps researchers and health care providers improve the health of people with SCD.

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Sickle Cell Disease: When to Transfuse
Learn about indications for blood transfusion in patients with sickle cell disease, the complications associated with these transfusions, and how you can help reduce the risk for these complications in your patients.

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Sickle Cell Data Collection (SCDC) Program Webinars
The SCDC program in California hosts quarterly webinars presented by experts who share the latest about sickle cell disease. The webinars are free and open to the public.

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CDC funded nine states for one year to build capacity for a statewide sickle cell disease (SCD) surveillance (health monitoring) system: seven states developed new frameworks for their surveillance systems and two states provided technical assistance based on their SCD surveillance knowledge and experience. Check out a toolkit of materials for building capacity to implement SCDC.