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Sickle Cell Anemia with Splenic Sequestration
source: Family Practice Notebook
Sickle Cell Anemia with Splenic Sequestration:
Most common in ages 1 to 4 years old
A. Splenic infarction typically occurs by Puberty in patients with Hemoglobin SS
B. However, less severe forms of Sickle Cell Disease can occur in adulthood
Rapidly progressive course with significant risk of decompensation secondary to acute Anemia
B. Abdominal Pain
1. Acute splenic enlargement (especially in under age 5 years, before auto-infarction)
2. Contrast with Sickle Cell Hemolytic Crisis in which the Spleen will be small or non-palpable
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