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Sickle Cell Crisis (cont.)


Sickle cell pain crisis

  • Pain medications, often narcotics, will be given.
  • IV fluids are an important part of therapy.
  • Infection: If the physician diagnoses or suspects a bacterial infection, antibiotics are prescribed.
  • Anemia: If there is a significant decrease in the red blood cell count, a red blood cell transfusion may be needed.
  • Hydroxyurea may be used to increase the amount of Hgb F and decrease the amount of Hgb S, which can decrease the long-term risks of sickle cell crises.
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