Sickle cell disease: Its signs, symptoms and varied manifestations

Simon Onwe Ogamdi, The University of Texas School of Public Health


Seventy-five sickle cell patients, age 3-36 years from Houston, Texas, participated in the research study to investigate sickle cell manifestations, conducted between November 1989 and August 1990. All the participants were blacks. There were 35 females and 39 males among the participants in this research study. One of the participants did not document the gender. The sickle cell history questionnaire was administered to the participants. Data collected from this study were statistically analyzed using frequencies, percentages, crosstabulations and chi-squares. Regular source of health care influences the time of diagnosis of sickle cell disease. Early diagnosis of sickle cell disease with proper care and management will reduce the morbidity and mortality rate of the disease. Fevers, bacterial infection, pneumoniae, anemiae, pains, ulcers and cardiovascular problems are common causes of hospitalizations. The average length of stay in the hospital on admission were higher among the sickle cell patients than their family members who themselves did not have sickle cell disease.

Subject Area

Public health|African Americans|Health education

Recommended Citation

Ogamdi, Simon Onwe, "Sickle cell disease: Its signs, symptoms and varied manifestations" (1990). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI9109993.