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.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Archives of internal medicine|
|State||Published - Mar 1977|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Internal Medicine