When is a transfusion required for the treatment of anemia 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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Transfusion is required in an aplastic crisis if the anemia is symptomatic (eg, dyspnea, signs of hypovolemia). Because aplastic crises are self-limited, transfusion may be avoided if the child is stable and can be adequately observed. If hospitalization is required, use precautions to prevent transmission of parvoviral infection to patients who are immunosuppressed or caretakers who are pregnant.


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