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Understanding the Disease

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a genetic disease of the red blood cells. It is characterized by painful episodes, lower resistance to infections, organ damage, anemia, joint degeneration, strokes, and other health problems. SCD occurs when a child inherits a hemoglobin gene that sickles from both parents. In this case, the child is born with the disease.

 

Sickle Cell Trait (SCT) occurs when a child inherits a normal hemoglobin gene and a sickle gene. This results in a carrier of the sickle cell gene. SCT is harmless. The concern about the trait is that this abnormal gene can be passed to a child. 

HOSPITAL VISITS

A Person with Sickle Cell Disease has an average of  5.6  more hospital encounters annually with 20% having 11 or more encounters annually.

HOSPITAL ENCOUNTERS

Hospital encounters for Sickle Cell Disease increased 24% from 

2011-2015 

CONNECTICUT'S #s

In Connecticut, nearly 40,000 

people carry the Sickle Cell Trait.

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