Sickle Cell Anemia complications
Sickle Cell Anemia

Complications could include:

  • Acute chest syndrome
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Multiple Organ Failure
  • Priapism
  • Blindness
  • Gallstones
  • Splenic Infarction
  • Bone Infection
  • Hemolytic Crisis
  • Destruction of joints
  • Pneumonia
  • Sepsis
  • Kidney Failure
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Splenic sequestration
  • Aplastic crisis
  • Gall Bladder Inflammation
  • Pseudobulbar palsy is an inability to control the muscles in the face. It can have a large impact on a person's ability to speak.
    Source:HLCMS
  • A stroke (a "brain attack") is a medical emergency in which part of the brain is deprived of oxygen. This occurs when an artery that supplies oxygenated blood to the brain becomes damaged and brain cells begin to die.
    Source:HLCMS
  • Blindness is the inability to see anything, including light. It can be partial or complete, and can be caused by a number of different diseases, or be present at birth.
    Source:HLCMS
  • Gallstones are hard deposits in the gallbladder that can eventually block the exiting bile ducts. Abdominal pain, fever, itchy skin, and jaundice are possible symptoms.
    Source:HLCMS
  • A lung abscess is a bacterial infection that occurs in the lung tissue. The infection causes tissue to die, and pus collects in that space.
    Source:HLCMS
  • When an infant is born prematurely, the lungs may not have time to fully develop. This can lead to a variety of immediate breathing disorders.
    Source:HLCMS
  • Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. General symptoms include chest pain, fever, cough, nausea, and difficulty breathing. Blue skin, high fever, and bloody mucus are serious signs.
    Source:HLCMS
  • One life-threatening complication of infection is sepsis, which often occurs in people who are elderly or have weak immune systems. Patches of discolored skin is a symptom of severe sepsis.
    Source:HLCMS
  • Kidney failure occurs when the kidneys lose the ability to sufficiently filter waste from the blood. Many factors can interfere with kidney health and function, such as toxic exposure to environmental pollutants and chemical food preservatives, ce...
    Source:HLCMS
  • A blood urea nitrogen (BUN) test checks kidney function by measuring how much urea nitrogen is in your blood.
    Source:HLCMS
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