The manifestations of the sickling disorders are becoming increasingly familiar to clinicians in Great Britain. One of these disorders, sickle-cell haemoglobin disease, has hitherto received little attention, being regarded as a relatively mild condition. This paper describes some of the distinctive clinical features of the disease as seen in a series of nine cases which have recently presented in London, two of which were fatal. The special hazards of the condition in relation to pregnancy, air travel, and general anaesthesia are discussed.
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