What are the symptoms of sickle cell anemia?

What are the symptoms of sickle cell anemia?

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Symptoms of sickle cell anemia usually show up at a young age. They may appear in babies as early as 4 months old, but generally occur around the 6-month mark.

While there are multiple types of SCD, they all have similar symptoms, which vary in severity. These include:

  • excessive fatigue or irritability, from anemia
  • fussiness, in babies
  • bedwetting, from associated kidney problems
  • jaundice, which is yellowing of the eyes and skin
  • swelling and pain in hands and feet
  • frequent infections
  • pain in the chest, back, arms, or legs

 

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