Learn More About Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. In SCD, the red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a “sickle.” People with SCD can live full lives and enjoy most of the activities that other people do. If you have SCD, it’s important to learn how to stay as healthy as possible.

New Steps to Better Health Toolkit
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Health guidance materials based on the American Society of Hematology’s Clinical Practice Guidelines on Sickle Cell Disease. These materials include common complications of sickle cell disease and steps to take for better health.

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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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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders
The purpose of this series is to provide evidence-based information on new research, interventions, emerging issues of interest in blood disorders, as well as innovative approaches in collaborations and partnerships. We invite you to join us in this series.

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CDC, together with the American Society of Hematology (ASH) and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA), created the Sickle Cell Trait Toolkit.