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How does sickle cell anemia affect children?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Sickle cell anemia may stunt growth and delay sexual maturity in children. Also, it can cause a chest syndrome in which there is an intense chest pain and it is difficult to breathe. Children often need to take antibiotics until they are 5 years of age to help them fight infections.

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