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What are the causes of sickle cell crisis?

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Typically, you won’t know why you had a sickle cell crisis, and there may be more than one cause. Possible triggers include:

  • Being at high altitudes (mountain climbing, for example)
  • Changes in temperature, like if you go from a warm house into a cold winter day and you haven’t bundled up
  • Illness
  • Not having enough to drink (dehydration)
  • Stress

From: What Is a Sickle Cell Crisis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: “Sickle Cell Disease.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sickle Cell Anemia.”

American Family Physician: “Practical Tips for Preventing a Sickle Cell Crisis.”

KidsHealth: “What Is a Sickle Cell Crisis?”

National Institutes of Health: “What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Sickle Cell Disease?,” “How Is Sickle Cell Disease Treated?”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Sickle Cell Disease.”

CDC: “Sickle Cell Disease.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 28, 2019

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: “Sickle Cell Disease.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sickle Cell Anemia.”

American Family Physician: “Practical Tips for Preventing a Sickle Cell Crisis.”

KidsHealth: “What Is a Sickle Cell Crisis?”

National Institutes of Health: “What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Sickle Cell Disease?,” “How Is Sickle Cell Disease Treated?”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Sickle Cell Disease.”

CDC: “Sickle Cell Disease.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 28, 2019

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