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The Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program team at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics includes hematologists, a nurse practitioner, a neuropsychologist, a genetic counselor, a social worker, a research coordinator, a community navigator, a dental hygienist, and a data manager. Our mission is to provide high quality care to patients with sickle cell disease throughout the state of Iowa.

Iowa Hemoglobinopathy Screening and Comprehensive Care Program

What is a hemoglobinopathy?

University of Iowa Children's Hemoglobinopathy is a disorder involving hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein present in red blood cells which carries oxygen and which gives blood its color. There are different types of hemoglobinopathies:

Sickle cell anemia is one of the most common hemoglobinopathies. This disease causes misshaped (sickle) red blood cells which can clog small vessels disrupting the delivery of oxygen to the body tissues. This can cause such problems as pain, infection, lung complications, kidney problems, stroke, and other medical problems. Medical care, parent education, and antibiotics can minimize life-threatening complications.