haemolytic crisis in sickle cell anaemia

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These crises may not be a distinct entity but in many patients with painful crises or infection there is an increased rate of haemolysis and a worsening of anaemia.

There is profound anaemia (Hb 3-4 g/100 ml) with low haptoglobin and raised unconjugated bilirubin.

Last reviewed 01/2018