SCD is a progressive disease resulting in multiple organ damage over time starting in childhood
Pediatric patients are at risk of progressive organ damage by the time they are young adults
Within the first 10 years of shifting to adult care, there is rapid progression in organ damage and morbidity with a mortality rate of up to 20%
50% of patients have irreversible organ damage of at least one organ by the age of 50
While the condition continues to worsen over time, iron overload also causes more damage to the organs. The goal is to get and stay ahead of progressive organ damage in your SCD patient population. Work with your patients to ensure that their organ function is being monitored early in childhood and regularly into adulthood.