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What are symptoms of sickle cell disease?

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With sickle cell disease, you don't have enough healthy red blood cells. This is a condition called anemia. Symptoms can include:

Sickle cells can travel to any part of your body, causing damage. If they affect your spleen, you may have frequent infections. If they block the blood vessels in your eyes, you can develop vision problems.

  • Trouble breathing
  • Dizziness and lightheadedness
  • Fast heart rate
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Pale skin color
  • Delayed growth in infants
  • Delayed puberty in teens

SOURCES:

National Human Genome Research Institute: “Learning About Sickle Cell Disease.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Sickle Cell Anemia,” “What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Sickle Cell Disease?”

Mayo Clinic: “Sickle Cell Anemia.”

American Society of Hematology: “Sickle Cell Anemia.”

CDC: “Complications and Treatments.”

UpToDate: "Bone and Joint Complications in Sickle Cell Disease."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 23, 2019

SOURCES:

National Human Genome Research Institute: “Learning About Sickle Cell Disease.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Sickle Cell Anemia,” “What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Sickle Cell Disease?”

Mayo Clinic: “Sickle Cell Anemia.”

American Society of Hematology: “Sickle Cell Anemia.”

CDC: “Complications and Treatments.”

UpToDate: "Bone and Joint Complications in Sickle Cell Disease."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 23, 2019

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