• Sickle Cell Anemia

  • Effects

What are the effects of sickle cell anemia?

Pain episodes: Pain episodes are the most common complication of sickle cell disease. These pain episodes are related to the localized blockage of blood vessels and therefore can occur anywhere in the body.ix

Anemia: Those afflicted with sickle cell disease, like all people who suffer from anemia, have low red blood cell count and therefore fatigue quickly because they cannot efficiently transport oxygen throughout the body. x

Susceptibility to infections: People with sickle cell are not able to fight off infections as well as their peers. In fact, infection is the leading cause of death among children with sickle cell disease.xi

Stroke: Approximately one in twenty children with sickle cell disease suffers a stroke, particularly between the ages of 3 and 12 years of age.xii

Other complications: Other complications from sickle cell disease are vast and can present with symptoms involving nearly any organ system.xiii