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
Medical support when needed such as:
OxygenIntravenous fluidsBlood transfusionImmunizationsUltrasoundBone marrow transplantMedicationsSurgeryLifestyle changes
New treatments under investigation include: Gene therapyCombination of
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Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. New York, NY: McGraw Hill; 2008.
Last reviewed August 2013 by Michael Woods, MD
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