Sickle Cell Crisis (cont.)
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When to Seek Medical Care
If certain conditions develop in a person withsickle cell disease, the personmust contact a physician. If the physicianis not quickly available or cannot see the person right away, the person with sickle cell diseasemay choose to go to a hospital's emergency department. Contact the physicianin the followingcases:
A sickle cell crisis can often be managed efficiently and quickly in a hospital's emergency department with fluids and pain medicines. A person with sickle cell disease shouldnot delay going to the hospital. Delay can only make the condition worse and might requirehospitalizationfor treatment.
Go to a hospital's emergency department if these conditions develop:
John R Krimm, DO, FAAEM
Brian F Chinnock, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Thomas Rebbecchi, MD, FAAEM
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