How does acute chest syndrome present in children and adults 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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In young children, the acute chest syndrome consists of chest pain, fever, cough, tachypnea, leukocytosis, and pulmonary infiltrates in the upper lobes. Adults are usually afebrile and dyspneic with severe chest pain and multilobar and lower lobe disease.

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