What are the goals of treatment for 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 goals of treatment are symptom control and management of disease complications. Treatment strategies include the following seven goals:

  • Management of vaso-occlusive crisis
  • Management of chronic pain syndromes
  • Management of chronic hemolytic anemia
  • Prevention and treatment of infections
  • Management of the complications and the various organ damage syndromes associated with the disease
  • Prevention of stroke
  • Detection and treatment of pulmonary hypertension

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