What physical exam should be performed in 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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Observe for pallor, icterus, and erythema or edema of the extremities or joints. In adults, leg ulcers may be found over the malleoli. Perform a neurological examination to search for focal neurological deficits.


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