Sickle cell disease: Studying arteries with Doppler ultrasound

Ayoola, O.  2020.  Sickle cell disease: Studying arteries with Doppler ultrasound, 2020/08/19.


Sickle cell disease is one of the most common genetic diseases worldwide. Occlusion of blood vessels triggers painful crises and leads to various clinical manifestations such as kidney failure, leg ulcers, bowel ischemia, portal hypertension and retinopathy. Many imaging methods allow to observe vaso-occlusion but are limitedby cost and availability issues. In this write-up, the value of Doppler
ultrasonography, a cheap, readily accessible, and noninvasive technique, is illustrated in the evaluation of different vessels in sickle cell disease patients.