Also called: SCD
Sickle cell disease is a group of inherited disorders that cause the shape of red blood cells to contort into a sickle shape. This abnormal shape can cause blood cells to die, resulting in a shortage of red blood cells. This is called sickle cell anemia. The “sickle” shape can also cause blood cells to block blood flow, which often results in painful events known as sickle cell crises. Sickle cell disease can cause many complications that result in hospitalization, bone infections, stroke and kidney disease.
At UAMS, our mission is to support primary care providers across Arkansas who are caring for patients with this rare, inherited disease. Using the resources of our academic medical center, including a wide range of specialists, we work to help patients maintain health, manage symptoms and control pain.
The Sickle Cell Call Center
In order to support primary care providers across Arkansas and help patients who are located in different areas of the state, UAMS has a Sickle Cell Call Center which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Call Center can be reached at 1-855-Sic-Cell (742-2355).
Sickle Cell Registry
Have you signed up for the Arkansas Sickle Cell Registry? Researchers now know much more about sickle cell disease than ever before, and new advancements are being made every day. The Adult Sickle Cell Clinical Program has established a registry exclusively for people with sickle cell disease. You’ll be participating in the advancement of scientific knowledge regarding this disease. Registration is confidential, and you may choose not to be contacted at any time. To register, call 1-855-Sic-Cell (742-2355).