SCD Often Not Diagnosed in Ghana Until Pain Crisis at Age 4, Survey Finds

SCD Often Not Diagnosed in Ghana Until Pain Crisis at Age 4, Survey Finds

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SCD Often Not Diagnosed in Ghana Until Pain Crisis at Age 4, Survey Finds

People with sickle cell disease (SCD) in Ghana — a country in sub-Saharan Africa, a region with the world’s highest SCD prevalence — often go undiagnosed until age 4 and during a pain crisis, a study into patients in Accra, the country’s capital, reported. These findings reflect the importance of newborn screening programs, which are lacking in countries throughout the region, its researchers wrote, and indicate that patients there are likely “being excluded from life-saving…

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