Sickle Cell Disease is sometimes misdiagnosed as Hemolytic Anaemia

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Hemolytic Anaemia, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Sickle Cell Disease.

Sickle cell anaemia is an genetic disorder that causes changes to the shape of red blood cells from round to crescent shaped. They become rigid and sticky causing recurrent blockages to blood flow which results in pain crises which causes intense pain for a certain period of time. Other symptoms include anaemia, fatigue, dizziness, swelling of hands and feet, frequent infections, delayed growth and puberty and vision problems. Sickle cell anaemia can be misdiagnosed as it can affect every organ in the body and results in many complications.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Pain, swelling of hands and feet, frequent infections, anaemia, delayed growth or puberty, vision problems

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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