How often is follow-up required in the treatment 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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Long-term follow-up is required for patients with SCD. This is a lifelong disorder. The frequency of outpatient visits depends on the patient's clinical status. For patients with minimal symptoms, a visit with blood work every 3-4 months is reasonable. Others may need much more frequent observation.


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