Sickle cell disease

Duke’s comprehensive sickle cell center is committed to providing the best diagnostic tools, treatment options and care for sickle cell disease. In addition to our extensive array of services and resources, we research new ways of treating the disease and its complications to provide the best care to our patients.

Comprehensive care to treat sickle cell disease

If you or a family member has sickle cell disease, a hereditary blood disorder characterized by abnormal red blood cells, you need a coordinated team to protect your health and prevent painful crisis and complications. With our highly trained doctors and wide-ranging resources, you can be sure you are getting the best care and most up-to-date treatments and services.

Choose Duke for your sickle cell disease treatment because we offer:

  • A full range of patient services. We offer social services, psychological support and genetics counseling to provide for the complex needs of patients and their families. If you have sickle cell disease, you can count on us to address all of your disease-related issues.
  • Benefit from a wealth of experts. Our highly trained specialists, including hematologists, obstetricians, neurologists, and orthopedic surgeons, offer a full array of resources and are skilled in working with sickle cell disease to provide you with the best care.
  • Participate in clinical trials. We conduct studies supported by the National Institutes of Health and other organizations with the aim of discovering new treatments for sickle cell disease and its complications.  You may be a candidate for an experimental therapy or research exploring one of the myriad problems encountered by patients with sickle cell disease.
  • Access to community resources. We have cooperative ties with community sickle cell programs and also work closely with the N.C. Sickle Cell Syndrome Program. We can help you obtain support services, such as transportation to doctor visits and financial assistance, if needed.
  • A wide array of educational resources. Our support team provides up-to-date materials to help you learn more about your condition and sponsor workshops, training programs, lectures and discussion groups. Our goal is to educate you about your condition and to encourage you to become active in your own care and make informed decisions about sickle cell screening and treatment.


Treatment for sickle cell disease is on-going and aimed at limiting your pain and the number of crises you experience.


Duke specialists use these tests to both detect sickle cell disease, which causes red blood cells to become sticky and get stuck in blood vessels, and monitor your condition.

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