What is the role of abdominal ultrasonography in the management of 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 patients with abdominal pain, abdominal ultrasonography can be used to rule out cholecystitis, cholelithiasis, or an ectopic pregnancy and to measure spleen and liver size. Assess liver and spleen size. Abdominal ultrasonography can be used to visualize stones and to detect signs of thickening gallbladder walls or ductal inflammation, indicating possible cholecystitis. Abdominal ultrasound is useful to document spleen size and the presence of biliary stones.


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