Outlook for sickle cell disease
Sickle cell disease is very variable, but most children with it will lead happy and normal lives.However, it can still be a serious condition that can have a significant impact on a person’s life. It can lead to problems such as strokes, serious infections and lung problems, which can occasionally be fatal. Overall, the life expectancy for someone with sickle cell disease tends to be shorter than normal, but this can vary depending on the exact type of sickle cell disease they have, how it’s treated, and what problems they experience. Currently, people with sickle cell anaemia typically live until 40-60 years of age, although milder types of sickle cell disease may have no impact on life expectancy. It’s hoped the outlook will continue to improve as newer treatments are developed.