Severe anemia, yellowing of the skin, eyes and mouth, crippling pain in the arms, chest and legs, and violent cough. These are just some of the symptoms of patients with sickle cell disease, an inherited, life-long and serious blood disorder.
CAMC recently opened an outpatient Sickle Cell Clinic dedicated to treatment and management of the disease in both adult and pediatric patients.
Sickle cell disease (SCD) causes the body to produce abnormal hemoglobin - the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to all parts of the body. Typically, red blood cells are round and move easily through blood vessels; however, in patients with SCD, the red blood cells are hard and sticky, and are shaped like the letter "C," which causes the cells to clump together, blocking blood flow.
This diminished blood flow can cause pain, tissue and organ damage, and even stroke. It also causes the blood cells that get stuck to die sooner, and having fewer healthy red blood cells can cause serious conditions like anemia.
The CAMC Sickle Cell Clinic is dedicated to delivering comprehensive care for patients with sickle cell disease by providing easy access to specialists for disease management and preventative care. Its physicians specialize in both adult and pediatric sickle cell disease, and its multidisciplinary approach to care ensures patients receive the highest level of care to treat the many complicated facets of the disease.
"By treating both pediatric and adult patients at our clinic, we can ensure that patients have a smooth transition of care as they grow into adulthood and continue to successfully manage their condition," said Mohamed Badawi, MD, pediatric hematology/oncology specialist.
The clinic provides ongoing care for patients with individualized treatment plans, including rapid access to infusion care services for blood infusion and transfusion therapies. It also provides patient education, coaching and support, and easy access to other hospital services for any complications that may arise.
"We understand the life-long struggles facing patients with sickle cell disease, as well as the complex and specialized care required to treat the condition," said Steven Jubelirer, MD, specializing in hematology/oncology. The clinic operates at the CAMC Cancer Center on designated Fridays throughout the year.
The clinic is accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment for pediatric patients, call (304) 388-4979. Adult patients can call (304) 388-8380 to schedule an appointment or for more information.
Visit CAMC's Health Information Center to learn more about sickle cell disease.
SOURCE: The StayWell Company, LLC