It is widely assumed that individuals with sickle-cell trait present no anaesthetic problems with the result that sickle-cell screening is not performed in Negro patients unless they are anaemic. This complacent attitude is potentially dangerous and may be the cause of occasional postoperative morbidity or mortality. This report is of a 12-year-old Negro patient with sickle-cell trait who was anaesthetized for an elective eye operation. After the operation, he developed signs of a haemorrhagic cerebral infarct with aphasia and hemiplegia.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine