What education should patients receive about long-term management 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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Educate all patients to recognize signs of infection, increasing anemia, and organ failure. Treat all infections, even trivial ones, very promptly and vigorously. Institute pain medication at the earliest symptoms of a vaso-occlusive crisis. Patients on a chronic transfusion program must adhere to iron chelation therapy. Social services, occupational therapy, and counseling are essential elements in the long-term management of patients with SCD.

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