Sickle cell anaemia

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Young adult with sickle cell anaemia. Admitted with abdominal pain

Patient Data

Age: 20 years
Gender: Male

Large left upper quadrant mass.  No calcification.  Appearances in keeping with splenomegaly, which is a feature earlier in the disease, before autosplenectomy

Avascular necrosis of the right femoral head - also a feature of sickle cell anaemia

Case Discussion

Other features of sickle cell anaemia which may be present on the AXR include: H shaped vertebrae, gallstones or a calcified spleen (later in disease).

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Case information

rID: 20853
Published: 17th Dec 2012
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
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