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Stroke in sickle beta thalassemia - a case report highlighting pitfalls in management in a low prevalence country

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L. H. R. A. Premathilaka,

Colombo North Teaching Hospital, LK
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University Medical Unit
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M. S. Lakmini,

Colombo North Teaching Hospital, LK
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University Medical Unit
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L. G. Thamal Dharshana,

University of Sri Jayawardhanapura, LK
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S. B. Nawaratne,

District General Hospital, Monaragala, LK
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S. Mettananda,

University of Kelaniya, LK
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Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine
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S. T. De Silva,

Colombo North Teaching Hospital, LK
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Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya
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A. P. Premawardhena

Colombo North Teaching Hospital, LK
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Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya
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Abstract

Stroke in Sickle cell disease is a devastating complication. As Sickle cell disease is uncommon in Sri Lanka many clinicians may be unfamiliar with management of the disease and its complications. A 10-year-old boy presented with a transient ischaemic attack. He has had a silent large parietal infarct previously. He had been managed with transfusions and had undergone a splenectomy. However, he had not received hydroxyurea or undergone trans-cranial Doppler assessment.
How to Cite: Premathilaka, L.H.R.A., Lakmini, M.S., Dharshana, L.G.T., Nawaratne, S.B., Mettananda, S., De Silva, S.T. and Premawardhena, A.P., 2017. Stroke in sickle beta thalassemia - a case report highlighting pitfalls in management in a low prevalence country. Sri Lanka Journal of Medicine, 26(2), pp.55–57. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljm.v26i2.40
Published on 28 Dec 2017.
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