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Mini review: leg ulcers - a secondary complication of sickle cell disease

Authors AlDallal SM

Received 27 May 2019

Accepted for publication 25 July 2019

Published 13 August 2019 Volume 2019:12 Pages 279—282

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IJGM.S217369

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Nicola Ludin

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser


Salma M AlDallal

Haematology & Blood Bank Department, Amiri Hospital, Kuwait Ministry of Health, Sharq, Kuwait

Abstract: Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of inherited blood disorders recognized by WHO as a major public health problem. It affects morbidity and mortality of the affected population considerably. Leg ulcer in the lower limbs is a hallmark feature of SCD. Meticulous physical examination, thorough history, laboratory tests, and imaging will lead to proper diagnosis and lead to proper treatment and management of the cases. Although newer treatment strategies have improved the prognostic outcome of SCD, leg ulcers still are a disabling and difficult to treat a complication of the condition. This mini review summarizes this common complication of SCD.

Keywords: sickle cell disease, SCD, leg ulcers, complication

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