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Pediatric Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Diseases

Sickle cell disease and beta thalassemia are inherited diseases of the blood which interfere with the ability of the body to manufacture normal hemoglobin (part of the red blood cell that carries oxygen).

The Sickle Cell/Thalassemia Program at New York Methodist provides comprehensive health care and treatment for pediatric, adolescent, and adult patients. As patients move from very young, through adolescence and into adulthood, NYM is prepared to handle the diseases at every stage of a person's life.

Anyone who suspects they may have one of these diseases can make an appointment for initial testing.

Services include:

  • Scheduled comprehensive care and monitoring for complications
  • Walk-in service when necessary
  • Management during hospitalization
  • Transition service
  • Vitamin therapy
  • Prescription medications, if appropriate
  • Pain management
  • Coordination of transfusion services
  • Individual and family counseling
  • Support groups for adults, adolescents, and parents
  • Family planning, including genetic counseling
  • Special clinics for pregnant women and adolescent patients
  • Financial concerns

Pediatric care, immunizations, and well-baby check-ups are also available for the siblings of children who are enrolled in the program.

New York Methodist Hospital's Sickle Cell/Thalassemia Program is located at 512 Fifth Street.

To make an appointment, call 718.857.5643.

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