Your Child and Sickle Cell Disease

If your child has been diagnosed with sickle cell disease, you may be confused or overwhelmed and wonder what options are available to you. La Rabida Children’s Hospital, in partnership with Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago, specializes in the treatment of this disease and offers comprehensive, family oriented care on either an inpatient or outpatient basis.
 
La Rabida is a resource upon which Chicago families have depended since 1896. Our goal is to minimize the risks associated with this disease and maximize your child’s potential for a rewarding future. This is done through support from an interdisciplinary team. That means that specialists from many areas work together to ensure comprehensive treatment for your child.
 

What is Sickle Cell Disease?

It is a genetic disorder that affects hemoglobin, the molecule in red blood cells that delivers oxygen to cells in the body. Sickle cell disease is a lifelong condition for which there is no cure.
 
Medical management of sickle cell disease can help reduce risks and complications. People with sickle cell disease have red blood cells that can become crescent (sickle) shaped and have difficulty passing through small blood vessels. When sickle-shaped cells block small blood vessels, less oxygen can reach that part of the body.
 
Because of this, your child may experience pain, and from time to time may need immediate medical attention. Managing this disease can affect the entire family, and parents are the first line of defense for children with this condition.
 
La Rabida’s Approach to Care
 
A custom treatment plan for your child is created by a team that consisting of:
• A pediatric board-certified doctor who specializes in diseases of the blood (hematologist)
• A nurse specialist
• A child psychologist
• A licensed social worker
 
This team provides:
• Inpatient and Outpatient treatment
• Urgent treatment
• Education and counseling
 
To make an appointment with a sickle cell specialist, please call 773-753-8626.

For general inquiries, please call 773-363-6700.
 
Medical Director John Cunningham, M.D. and patient Radhika Peddinti, M.D. and patient
 
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