Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle Cell Disease is a blood disorder involving oxygen-carrying hemoglobin in red blood cells. The disorder usually presents itself at around five to six months of age.

Health problems from Sickle Cell Disease can include pain (Sickle Cell Crisis), anemia, swelling in the hands and feet, bacterial infections, and stroke. Long-term pain can develop as people age. Sickle Cell Crisis can occur with temperature changes, stress, dehydration, and high altitude.

Treatment for people living with Sickle Cell Disease can include vaccination and antibiotics to prevent infection, high fluid intake, folic acid supplements, and medication, such as Hydroxurea. Other measures may include blood transfusion. A small percentage of people may be cured by bone marrow cell transplant. 

How Fidelis Care Can Help

Fidelis Care offers Case Management support to members with Sickle Cell conditions. A Case Manager is a registered nurse or medical social worker who works closely with the member, family, physician, and members of the care team to help individuals reach their health goals.

If you are interested in having a Case Manager help you meet your health goals, please call 1-800-247-1441 ext 16875.

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