Complications of sickle cell disease

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In addition to anemia and pain, some people with sickle cell disease can have other less common complications. Learn about some of the complications that can happen because of sickle cell disease.

Key points

  • Some people may have complications because of their sickle cell disease. Complications can be different from person to person and may change over time.
  • Complications of sickle cell disease include infection, stroke, retinopathy and delayed puberty.
  • If your child has any symptoms of stroke—such as weakness or numbness in any part of the body, confusion or changes in vision or speech—seek medical attention right away.
Last updated: January 31st 2024