Sickle Cell Disease

This information is useful for children and adults

Sickle cell disease refers to a group of red blood cell disorders passed on from parents to their children. Jeanne Hendrickson, MD, an associate professor at Yale Medicine’s Department of Laboratory Medicine, explains the primary symptoms associated with the disease and the options available for treatment. While the only cure for sickle cell disease is a stem cell transplant, the disease can be managed with pain medication and red cell exchange transfusions.