Sickle Cell Disease (SCD)

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a hereditary blood disorder that affects hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen. There are several types of SCD, the most common being Sickle Cell Anemia (Hb SS Disease). SCD is found predominantly in the African-American population but is also seen in people of other ethnic groups. These ethnic groups include individuals from parts of the Middle East, Central India, and countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, especially Italy and Greece. 

Learn More About This Condition

The Infant and Young Child With Sickle Cell Anemia

Sickle Cell Anemia: A Parent's Guide for the School Age Child
Anemia de células falciformes: Una guía para padres de niños en edad escolar (Spanish)

Sickle Cell Disease: A Resource for the Educator

Things To Know About Sickle Cell Trait
Lo Que Debe Saber Sobre El Rasgo Falciforme (Spanish)  magnifying glass over normal and sickle shaped cells

Homozygous Beta Thalassemia Major also known as Cooley's Anemia

Hemoglobin C Disease

Hemoglobin Sickle C Disease

Hemoglobin E

Splenic Sequestration Crisis

Sickle Cell Anemia and Stroke
Anemia De Célula Falciforme y Ataques (Spanish) 

Sickle Beta Zero Thalassemia
Talasemia Falciforme Beta Cero (Spanish)

Sickle Beta+ Thalassemia

Aplastic Crisis
Crisis Aplástica (Spanish)

Chest Syndrome
Síndrome de Pecho (Spanish)

PAIN in the Child with Sickle Cell Disease
DOLOR en el Niño con Enfermedad de Célula Falciforme (Spanish)

Pneumococcal Infection and Penicillin
Infección Neumocócica y Penicilina (Spanish)

Priapismo (Spanish)





Health Professionals

Sickle Cell Associations in Texas

Austin - Houston - San Antonio

Sickle Cell Association of Texas
Marc Thomas Foundation

  • Headquarters: 314 E. Highland Mall Blvd., Suite 411, Austin, TX 78752
    Phone: 512-458-9767 or 1-877-994-4673 (toll free)
  • Houston: 2500 East T.C. Jester Blvd. Suite 278, Houston, Texas 77008
    Phone: 713-481-1295
  • San Antonio: 8626 Tesoro Dr. Suite 205J, San Antonio, Texas 78217
    Phone: 210-899-3928

Fort Worth

JPS Professional Building
1350 S. Main, Suite 3600
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Phone: 817-882-0990

4014 Market Street
Houston, TX 77020
Phone: 832-930-7224


Parent Support

2049 Century Park East, Suite 4320
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 310-479-1212

Other Information

The fourth edition of The Management of Sickle Cell Disease (PDF) – developed by physicians, nurses, psychologists, and social workers who specialize in the care of children and adults with sickle cell disease--describes the current approach to counseling and also to management of many of the medical complications of sickle cell disease.



The Sickle Cell Rapper is created by The Children's Sickle Center, San Antonio, Texas. It is intended to be informational and does not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services. The current edition is provided below. For previous editions or questions related to information in the newsletter, contact their office at 210-567-7477.

Fall 2015 (PDF)

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Last updated March 28, 2018