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Sickle Cell Disease: Splenic Sequestration

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source: Healthwise

year: 2017

summary/abstract:

Splenic sequestration is a problem with the spleen that can happen in people who have sickle cell disease. Splenic sequestration happens when a lot of sickled red blood cells become trapped in the spleen. The spleen can enlarge, get damaged, and not work as it should. When the spleen doesn’t work well, a person is more likely to have serious, life-threatening infections with certain types of bacteria. If splenic sequestration happens suddenly, it can be a life-threatening emergency.

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