Sickle cell disease Stroke (1574)

Key points below

What is a stroke?

Stroke occurs when red blood cells stick together and prevent the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. A stroke related to Sickle Cell Disease is a serious and severe problem. 
It can occur alone or with other sickle cell complications. 

What are the symptoms of stroke? 

ALERT: If any of these symptoms are present, call 911 immediately.

What will happen in the hospital?


Call the doctor, nurse, or the Sickle Cell Center if you have any concerns or if there are special health care needs not covered by this information.

  • Sickle Cell Center. Call (414) 266-2420, Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Ask to talk with a nurse.
  • After hours, weekends or holidays. Call (414) 266-2000. Ask for the hematologist on call.