Bacteraemia in sickle cell anaemia is associated with low haemoglobin: a report of 890 admissions to a tertiary hospital in Tanzania.

@article{Makani2015BacteraemiaIS,
  title={Bacteraemia in sickle cell anaemia is associated with low haemoglobin: a report of 890 admissions to a tertiary hospital in Tanzania.},
  author={Julie Makani and Josephine Mgaya and Emmanuel Balandya and Khadija Msami and D Soka and Sharon Cox and Albert N. Komba and Stella Rwezaula and Elineema Meda and David Muturi and Jesse Kitundu and Gregory Fegan and Fenella Jane Kirkham and Charles R Newton and Robert W. Snow and Brett Lowe},
  journal={British journal of haematology},
  year={2015},
  volume={171 2},
  pages={
          273-276
        }
}
Bacteraemia is a leading cause of morbidity in sickle cell anaemia (SCA), but information from studies in Africa is limited. We evaluated 890 admissions from 648 SCA patients at a tertiary hospital in Tanzania. Bacteraemia was present in 43 admissions (4·8%); isolates included Staphylococcus aureus (12/43; 28%), non-Typhi Salmonella (9/43; 21%), Streptococcus pneumoniae (3/43; 7%) and Salmonella Typhi (2/43; 5%). Compared to SCA patients without bacteraemia, SCA patients with bacteraemia had… CONTINUE READING
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