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:
Sickle Cell Disease Diagnosis
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The health-care professionalwill take the complete medical history of a person with sickle cell disease. Thishistory should includewhetherany infections are present. The health care provider will ask about other problems that are common starters of sickle cell crisis. These problems would be a lack of oxygen in the tissue, bleeding, dehydration, alcohol and drug use, pregnancy, and other concerns.
If the physician suspect's sickle cell disease in an adult, or more commonly a child not previously diagnosed with this disease, attention will first be paid to getting a family history of sickle cell disease. The physician then performs a blood test to diagnose the disease.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/11/2014
John R Krimm, DO, FAAEM
Thomas Rebbecchi, MD, FAAEM
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