At UT Southwestern Medical Center, our physicians will perform a complete medical history and physical examination, as well as diagnostic procedures that may include blood tests and other evaluation procedures. Early diagnosis is essential in providing proper preventive treatment for some of the complications of sickle cell disease. Texas is one of many states that require routine newborn screening blood tests in order to begin proper treatment as soon as possible.
UT Southwestern is a leader in researching and understanding more about sickle cell disease and other genetic disorders. We use a multidisciplinary approach in diagnosing and treating sickle cell diseases, so treatment is individualized for your unique needs.
Treatment varies by age, extent of the disease, and your tolerance for medications, procedures, and therapies.
In general, treatments include: