Fast Five Quiz: Are You Prepared to Confront Sickle Cell Disease?

Emmanuel C. Besa, MD; Sophie M. Lanzkron, MD, MHS


November 02, 2020

Sickle cell disease (SCD) and its variants are genetic disorders resulting from the presence of a mutated form of hemoglobin—hemoglobin S (HbS). Globally, an estimated 300,000 to 400,000 individuals are born with SCD each year, the majority in sub-Saharan Africa, although the disease is not limited to that region. The most common form of SCD found in North America is homozygous HbS disease (HbSS). SCD causes significant morbidity and mortality, particularly in people of African and Mediterranean ancestry. Morbidity, frequency of crisis, degree of anemia, and the organ systems involved vary considerably from individual to individual.

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