Distribution of sickle cell disease and assessment of risk factors based on transcranial Doppler values in the Gulf region

Yasser Wali*, Vishwanatha Kini, Mohamed A. Yassin

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Background/Objective: Stroke is a potentially fatal complication of sickle cell disease (SCD). Transcranial Doppler (TCD) is useful at identifying increased risk of stroke in children with SCD and vasospasm after subarachnoid hemorrhage. The main aim of this study was to determine the proportion of patients with SCD in the Gulf region who are at a high risk of stroke, as determined by TCD. Methods: This multicenter (Oman, Qatar, and UAE), descriptive, cross-sectional study in patients (aged 2–16 years) with SCD included a baseline visit, 1 follow-up visit for patients with conditional TCD, and 3-year retrospective data analysis for all patients. Results: Of the 410 eligible patients (Oman, 86.5%; Qatar, 8.2%; UAE, 5.1%), most had a TCD finding (left side, 91.7%; right side, 92.0%) of normal velocity (<155 cm/s) at baseline. For 6 of 7 patients with conditional velocity (155–179 cm/s) and 1 patient with high velocity (≥180 cm/s), baseline TCD results were not confirmed at follow-up. As per bivariate linear regression, age, race, transfusion type, and transfusion frequency were significant predictors of the TCD velocities. Multivariate logistic regressions revealed that TCD velocities were significantly correlated with sex, race, and type of transfusion. No patients reported any adverse events at follow-up. No deaths occurred during the study. Discussion/Conclusions: The study results show that far fewer patients with SCD in the Gulf have abnormal TCD findings than the internationally reported. Larger studies are needed to identify the factors underlying this observation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-62
Number of pages8
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Cerebro-vascular accident
  • Gulf region
  • multi-center
  • primary prevention
  • sickle cell disease
  • transcranial Doppler ultrasound
  • transfusion
  • vaso-occlusive crises

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology


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