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VOLUME 9 , ISSUE 2 ( April, 2005 ) > List of Articles


Sudden unexpected death in an undiagnosed sickle disease

Lalitha V. Pillai, Saifuddin Husainy, Sameer Gosavi, Narendra Vaidya

Keywords : Anxiety, Hemolysis, Sickle Cell Disease, Sudden Death, Trekking, Urinary Infection

Citation Information : Pillai LV, Husainy S, Gosavi S, Vaidya N. Sudden unexpected death in an undiagnosed sickle disease. Indian J Crit Care Med 2005; 9 (2):92-95.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.17096

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-12-2009

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2005; The Author(s).


We present a rare case of unexpected sudden death in a young woman with undiagnosed sickle disease. The provocative factors for the terminal events were excessive exercise in the form of trekking, urinary infection, and emotional stress the sudden cardiovascular collapse could have resulted from acute pulmonary hypertension resulting from severe hemolysis or acute chest syndrome.

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