Which physical findings suggest acute bone infarction 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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The physical findings of acute infarction include local effects from swelling of the affected bone, such as proptosis or ophthalmoplegia from orbital bone infarction. Also present is pain, swelling, and warmth of the involved extremity, such on the dorsa of the hands and feet in patients with dactylitis.


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