How is symptomatic pulmonary hypertension managed 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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For symptomatic patients, hydroxyurea and chronic transfusion have been used. Enothelin-1 receptor antagonists (eg, bosentan) and phosphodiesterase inhibitors (eg, sildenafil) have been used, but their role is limited by other complications. Cor pulmonale may ensue, and the management is that of patients with right-sided heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.


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