Asymmetric Dimethylarginine Levels and Its Correlation to Cerebral Blood Flow in Children with Sickle Cell Anemia


Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) level may play a role in the pathogenesis of cerebrovascular stroke in Children with Sickle Cell Anemia (SCA). To assess the plasma level of ADMA in children with SCA and its correlation to cerebral blood flow. This is a cross sectional study was carried out on 30 children with homozygous SCA under follow up in the Out Patients Clinic, Pediatric Department at Tanta University Hospital and 30 healthy children as a control group. Both groups had undergone the following investigations: Complete blood count, lactate dehydrogenase enzyme, and plasma level of ADMA by a commercial ADMA ELISA Kit. Trans-cranial Doppler were done for both groups. ADMA plasma level was significantly higher in-patient group in comparison to the control group (p < 0.001), with a mean value 1.43 ± 0.20 μmol/l, 0.48 ± 0.16 μmol/l respectively. The time-averaged mean maximum velocities for middle cerebral artery, anterior cerebral artery, inferior cerebral artery and posterior cerebral artery were significantly different between patient and control group, p < 0.05. Trans-cranial Doppler data revealed that, 86.7% of patients have low velocity (< 70 cm/s) and 13.3% having very low velocity (< 10 cm/s) while control group have normal velocity. There was a significant negative correlation between ADMA plasma levels and cerebral blood flow. Elevated ADMA levels may have a role in the pathogenesis of the decreased cerebral blood flow in children with SCA.

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El-Shanshory, M., Hablas, N., Nagy, H. et al. Asymmetric Dimethylarginine Levels and Its Correlation to Cerebral Blood Flow in Children with Sickle Cell Anemia. Indian J Hematol Blood Transfus 35, 742–749 (2019).

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  • Sickle cell anemia
  • TCD
  • Asymmetric dimethyl arginine