Neuropsychologic and academic functioning of children with sickle cell anemia

Mary Glenn Fowler, J. Kenneth Whitt, Rupa Redding Lallinger, Kermit B. Nash, Susan S. Atkinson, Robert J. Wells, Campbell McMillan

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This study compared neuropsychologic test results and academic functioning among 28 school-age children with sickle cell anemia (SCA), and 28 healthy, age-, sex-, and socioeconomically matched black peers followed at a tertiary care center. Children with SCA scored significantly lower on reading and spelling achievement scores than healthy matched peers. Also, older children with SCA performed significantly less well on tests of visual-motor and attention skills than younger children with SCA. These results were unrelated to most measures of physical illness severity. The data suggest that sickle cell anemia may be associated with subtle neuropsychological and learning deficits that can contribute to decreased school performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-220
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1988
Externally publishedYes


  • academic function
  • neuropsychologic
  • sickle cell anemia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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