When is splenic sequestration most likely to occur in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD)?

Updated: May 12, 2021
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Splenic sequestration occurs with highest frequency during the first 5 years of life in children with sickle cell anemia. Splenic sequestration can occur at any age in individuals with other sickle syndromes. This complication is characterized by the onset of life-threatening anemia with rapid enlargement of the spleen and high reticulocyte count.


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