Joyce A. Brownlee, MSN , ARN P, Author at Oncology Nurse Advisor

Joyce A. Brownlee, MSN , ARN P

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Case 2: In Sickle Cell Disease, Endocrine Dysfunction May Signal Iron Overload

Frequent blood transfusions are necessary in sickle cell disease to manage chronic— often severe—anemia. Chronic transfusions can lead to iron overload, manifestations that may appear indirectly as endocrine function disorders, such as hypothyroidism. Testing, however, can reveal the underlying cause. This study looks at a 32-year-old woman who was diagnosed with chronic anemia due to hemolysis of the sickled red cells.

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