There are no treatments to cure sickle cell disease. Instead, treatment is aimed at managing the various symptoms in an effort to minimize complications. The goals of treatment include: Managing and preventing acute crisis episodesManaging chronic painManaging anemiaPreventing and treating infectionsManaging complications and organ damage
Sickle cell disease treatment includes:
Complications and treatments. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at:
http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/sicklecell/treatments.html. Updated August 31, 2016. Accessed December 13, 2016.
How is sickle cell disease treated?
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
website. Available at:
Updated August 2, 2016. Accessed December 13, 2016.
Sickle cell disease. Kids Health—Nemours Foundation website. Available at:
http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/sickle-cell-anemia.html. Updated September 2012. Accessed July 1, 2013.
Last reviewed December 2016 by Marcin Chwistek, MD
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