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Revista Archivo Médico de Camagüey

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PILA PEREZ, Rafael et al. Sickle cell disease. Comparative study in Cuba and Sta Lucía. AMC [online]. 2002, vol.6, suppl.1, pp.688-698. ISSN 1025-0255.

The sickle cell anemia (SCA) has been the most common hereditary anemia in the world. This study presents the clinical and laboratory analyses in 100 patients, studied in Camagüey, Cuba and in Catries, Santa Lucía, respectively, who were admitted within the period from January 1st 1990 to december 31st 1994 both included. Painfut crisis, fever and anemia were the most fraquent causes of admission in Cuba, arthralgies, painful crisis and fever in Santa Lucía. From the clinical and laboratory point of view as well as complications give results similar to that found in other countries of the Caribbean area where SCA has a high frequency. Mortality, equally, presents similar results and is one of the causes that coincides with the one reported in other parts where this discause is common. Concluding SCA in our settings, may have a more benign phenotype, result of the African ancester modified by the mixture of races and other factors of the geographical echosiptem.


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