When should medical care be sought by patients with sickle cell disease (SCD)?

Updated: May 12, 2021
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Patients or parents should be instructed on how to palpate the abdomen to detect splenic enlargement, and the importance of observation for pallor, jaundice, and fever. Teach patients to seek medical care in certain situations, including the following:

  • Persistent fever (>38.3°C)
  • Chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain with nausea and vomiting
  • Persistent headache not experienced previously

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