What is hand-food syndrome 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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Hand-foot syndrome, or aseptic dactylitis, is a common presentation of sickle cell disease. This condition is caused by infarction of bone marrow and cortical bone in the metacarpals, metatarsals, and proximal phalanges. Hand-foot syndrome is usually one of the earliest manifestations of the disease.


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