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Severe anemia in an adolescent male with sickle cell trait: a case report.

BACKGROUND: Sickle cell trait is generally considered a benign condition. However, it has been associated with uncommon comorbidities such as painless gross hematuria secondary to renal papillary necrosis and renal medullary carcinoma.

OBSERVATION: We present a 16-year-old African American boy with sickle cell trait and a recent history of prolonged gross hematuria due to renal papillary necrosis. The patient developed severe iron deficiency anemia and required transfusion support.

CONCLUSIONS: Although renal papillary necrosis is well-described, it is uncommon in pediatrics and only rarely results in the need for transfusion.

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