Symptoms of sickle cell disease may be noticed as soon as four months of age, or it may go undetected until later in the baby’s first year of life.
When the misshapen red blood cells of sickle cell anemia block blood vessels, oxygen deprivation results. Periods of acute oxygen deprivation cause severely painful episodes called “pain crises.” The location of the pain and the types of symptoms depend on what tissues or organs of the body have been deprived of oxygen.
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