Risk for stroke, death not higher for sickle cell children

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Children with sickle cell disease who experienced major complications such as pain and lung disease early in life are at no greater risk for stroke or death during later childhood, new research from UT Southwestern Medical Center shows.

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In addition, sickle cell children who have pain episodes ("crises") or dactylitis, a type of painful swelling of the hands and feet, as infants or toddlers are at no greater risk of having those symptoms recur in later childhood. The study's results, however, showed that children hospitalized for chest problems early on are more likely to see those problems recur up to adulthood.

The study

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