Dr. Connie Piccone

Dr. Connie Piccone

On the October 20, 2013, edition of Cleveland Connection we discuss Sickle Cell Anemia. Host Katherine Boyd talks with Dr. Connie Piccone, a Pediatric hematologist/oncologist at University Hospitals. Dr. Piccone is clinical director of the Sickle Cell Anemia Center.

Sickle Cell Disease is the most common genetic disorder in the United States (we care for approx 250 children here at Rainbow, but nearly 100,000 Americans have sickle cell disease).

Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder in which red blood cells are abnormally shaped. This abnormality can result in pain, serious infections, chronic anemia and organ damage. Sickle cell trait is mainly seen in African-Americans – about one in 10 carry the trait – but is also seen in many other ethnicities.

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital puts the spotlight on the disease and the need for more African-American blood donors through its annual diversity-themed blood drive.

UH Case Medical Center and UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital treats more than 500 patients with sickle cell disease. For these patients, blood transfusions may begin as early as six months of age. Blood transfusions are used in many situations, including to treat or prevent strokes and to prepare patients for surgery. Transfusions are vital in maintaining good health in our patients and, many times, can mean the difference between life and death.

Blood from African-American donors typically provides the best match for a blood transfusion for an African-American patient.

To learn more visit www.UHhospitals.org.

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