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Am J Med Sci. 1994 Jun;307(6):405-7.

Prevalence of impaired growth in children with homozygous sickle cell anemia.

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Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.

Abstract

The prevalence of impaired growth was evaluated in 63 patients with homozygous sickle cell anemia. Twenty-five percent of the children studied were less than the fifth percentile of National Center for Health Statistics growth standards for either height/age, weight/age, or weight/height. Significantly more 11- to 18-year-old children were less than the fifth percentile for weight/height compared with earlier age ranges. No differences due to gender were found. Nutritional intervention may improve growth in selected children.

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