Sonographic assessment of spleen size in Saudi patients with sickle cell disease.


BACKGROUND In patients with SCD, the spleen commonly enlarges during the first two decades of life but then undergoes autosplenectomy due to repeated attacks of vaso-occlusion and infarction. This, however, is not the case in Saudi patients with SCD, where splenomegaly sometimes persists into adult life. PATIENTS AND METHODS Ultrasonography was used to… (More)