Skeletal manifestations of sickle cell disease result from a combination of bone marrow hyperplasia in the setting of chronic anaemia, and bone infarction as well as their complications.
For a general discussion of sickle cell disease, please refer to sickle cell disease.
Bone pain is a frequent complaint, although vaso-occlusive events may also be silent.
- marrow hyperplasia
- bone infarcts typically involve medullary cavities and epiphyses
- the proximal humeri, proximal femora, and vertebral bodies are often affected
- in the humeri, serpiginous sclerosis is characteristic of infarction
- vertebral infarcts may result in
dactylitis also known as hand-foot syndrome
- early manifestation of sickle cell disease in first two years of life which results from bone infarcts in the diaphyses of small long bones
- imaging findings include patchy areas of lucency with periostitis and soft tissue swelling of metacarpals or metatarsals which could be difficult to distinguish from osteomyelitis 4
- growth disturbance
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Metabolic bone disease
- bone mineralisation
- osteosclerosis (differential diagnosis / mnemonic)
- pituitary gland-related
- thyroid gland-related