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Research Article

Survey of sickle-cell disease in England and Wales.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1981; 283 doi: (Published 05 December 1981) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1981;283:1519
  1. L R Davis,
  2. E R Huehns,
  3. J M White


    The incidence and the clinical course of patients suffering from sickle-cell syndrome (Hb SS; Hb SC; Hb S thal) in England and Wales are not known. In 1979 an ad hoc committee was formed to investigate these problems. Initially, a questionnaire was sent to 227 haematologists in England and Wales to determine the number of cases in these countries. The replies have indicated that 1367 cases were seen in 1978 and 1979. Probably this may represent only half the total number of cases. From this survey it has been possible to draw up a composite map showing the location of patients, which has provided a basis to determine the clinical course of the disease, and for further studies into the complications and management of sickle-cell disease in England and Wales. From a second questionnaire preliminary data about the general management and mortality in England and Wales have been recorded.