Can changes in body temperature trigger vaso-occlusive crises in sickle cell disease (SCD)?

Updated: May 12, 2021
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Another common trigger is changes in body temperature—whether an increase due to fever or a decrease due to environmental temperature change. Lowered body temperature likely leads to crises as the result of peripheral vasoconstriction. Patients should wear proper clothing and avoid exposure to ensure normal core temperature.


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