SCOTT J. RATNER, M.D.; EDWARD A. ATHANASIAN
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To the editor: Painful crisis is a significant cause of morbidity and, occasionally, mortality in the adult with sickle cell anemia. The recent popularity of "tubing" as a recreational activity has increased the potential for several new medical problems, as shown by the following case report.
A 32-year-old black man with sickle cell disease and infrequent ( < 1/18 months) painful crises presented with severe bilateral knee pain. His recent health had been good, and his last painful crisis was over 2 years ago. On the day of admission, he had been tubing in upstate New York. Despite the ambient
RATNER SJ, ATHANASIAN EA. Water Sports and Sickle Cell Anemia. Ann Intern Med. 1986;105:971. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-6-971_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(6):971.
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