Splenic sequestration occurs in people who have
sickle cell disease when large numbers of sickled red
blood cells become trapped in the
spleen, causing it to suddenly enlarge. This condition is more common in infants and young children. It may follow a respiratory infection. Without
emergency medical care, splenic sequestration can cause death in a matter of
Splenic sequestration causes sudden and severe
anemia, with symptoms of sudden weakness, pale lips,
rapid breathing, excessive thirst, belly pain, and rapid heartbeat.
It is possible that the main title of the report Neonatal Hemochromatosis is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
Parents of babies and young children with sickle cell disease are
advised to monitor their children for spleen enlargement. The doctor can show the parent how to check for it. A suddenly enlarged spleen requires emergency medical
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Martin Steinberg, MD - Hematology
October 7, 2010
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October 07, 2010
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