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    Side Effects of Sickle Cell

  1. Anemia (trouble with the blood carrying oxygen)
  2. Severe pain and swelling in hands, feet and joints
  3. Exhaustion and tiring due to anemia
  4. Jaundice (a yellowish discoloration of the whites of the eyes)
  5. Leg ulcers may occur around the ankles. They usually appear after puberty and are difficult to heal
  6. Delayed onset of puberty and growth retardation in both sexes are common problems
  7. Strokes may occur
  8. Nose bleeds may be a problem
  9. Frequency of urination can be expressed by bedwetting, which is most common among children with sickle cell anemia
  10. Gallstones are common occurrence in adolescents and adults
  11. Kidney infections
  12. Destruction of parts of bones
  13. Disturbance in vision (usually blurring)
  14. Enlargement of spleen or heart
  15. Heart murmurs frequently occur
  16. Hand-foot syndrome (swollen hand and feet in children)
  17. Pneumonia
  18. Poor appetite
  19. Difficulties during pregnancy
  20. Major body organs may be affected (i.e. heart, lungs, kidney, brain, abdomen, spleen, eyes and liver)



*Note: The information contained in this Web site is intended for educational pruposes only and is in no way intended for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. For health problems, consult a qualified health practitioner.
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