Which medications can be administered to treat acute chest syndrome (ACS) in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD)?

Updated: May 12, 2021
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
  • Print

Analgesics are required. Agents that do not suppress respiration, including acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), can be used. Narcotic agents may be used judiciously for more severe pain. Other supportive measures include careful hydration. Volume overload must be avoided, as it may contribute to pulmonary infiltrates and exacerbate hypoxia.

Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!