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March 1977

Proliferative Retinopathy in Sickle Cell Trait: Report of Seven Cases

Author Affiliations

From the Sickle Cell Eye Clinic, University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Chicago.

Arch Intern Med. 1977;137(3):325-328. doi:10.1001/archinte.1977.03630150035011

Seven patients had sickle cell trait (hemoglobin AS) and vasoproliferative retinopathy. The retinal abnormalities in these seven patients were indistinguishable from those seen in patients with clinically significant sickling hemoglobinopathies (sickle cell-hemoglobin C disease, hemoglobin S-thalassemia disease, and sickle cell anemia). All seven patients also had some evidence of associated systemic disease such as diabetes, syphilis, tuberculosis, or sarcoidosis. In the presence of an associated systemic disease, marked retinopathy can occur in the ordinarily benign condition of sickle cell trait.

(Arch Intern Med 137:325-328, 1977)

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