When are ABG measurements indicated 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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Arterial blood gas measurements (ABGs) may be obtained in patients who are in respiratory distress, to supplement information provided by oxygen saturation monitoring. This will reflect the severity of pulmonary crisis. Serial ABGs are necessary to follow the response in pulmonary crisis.


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