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How can I treat sickle cell crisis?

How can I treat sickle cell crisis?

Aggressively: Treatment is of an urgent nature and requires hospitalization typically. The emphasis is on aggressive IV fluid replacement, pain control, treatment of underlying issues such as infection, bloood transfusion or exchange as determined by your hematologist. ...Read more

Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Sickle Cell Crisis (Definition)

A painful episode that occurs in people who have sickle cell anemia. It happens when sickle-shaped red blood cells block blood vessels. Blood and oxygen cannot get to ...Read more


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What do you recommend for sickle cell crisis?

What do you recommend for sickle cell crisis?

Take pain medicine: First take pain medicine that worked well for you before, wam bath, heating pad, or cold pack, and try to relax may help. There is no single remedy that works for everyone or that works all the time. If these measures are not effective, you need to call your doctor. ...Read more

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Can the enviorment cause a sickle cell crisis?

Yes: Environmental issues can definitely cause a crisis. Cold weather can decrease blood flow causing cells to sickle. Hot weather can cause dehydration, which can lead to a crisis. Certainly environmental issues can lead to respiratory infections, which can lead to a crisis. ...Read more

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Can I die from sickle cell crisis if I ignore it?

Can I die from sickle cell crisis if I ignore it?

Yes: There are different types of crisis in sickle cell. Untreated aplastic crises can cause death to to severe anemia. Untreated acute chest syndrome can cause death due to respiratory failure. Untreated splenic sequestration can cause death due to severe anemia. I would recommend not ignoring any crisis id sickle cell. ...Read more

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Does sickle cell crisis usually cause many symptoms?

Does sickle cell crisis usually cause many symptoms?

Yes: Sickle cell crisis typically presents with the predominant symptom of pain. He can typically be in the bone, abdominal pain or pleuritic pain. The skin also be associated with shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of sickle cell crisis?

What are the most common symptoms of sickle cell crisis?

Sickle cell crisis: Sx skeletal-abdominal-chest pain. This is an emergency. May need oxygen, pain meds, antibiotic (if infection is suspected), IV fluids, blood transfusions. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: sickle cell crisis?

What is the definition or description of: sickle cell crisis?

Usually pain.: There are several kinds of crises - pain or vaso-occlusive crisis (blood flow to an area is "clogged" by sickled cells leading to areas of cell death), splenic sequestration crisis (trapping of large volume of blood in the spleen), and aplastic crisis (life-threatening anemia caused by inability to make enough new red blood cells to keep up with the very short life span of sickled red cells). ...Read more

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I was wondering how I could have a sickle cell crisis without having the disease?

I was wondering how I could have a sickle cell crisis without having the disease?

Not typically: If you have the sickle cell trait, it is possible to have an anemic crisis in the setting of severe dehydration or stress to the immune system, though this is rare. In most cases, individuals with the sickle cell trait live perfectly healthy lives. Remaining hydrated especially in the setting of physical activity and excessive heat should help to prevent any symptoms. ...Read more

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How long does a sickle cell crisis last. In what is the best home remedies to keep her comfortable?

How long does a sickle cell crisis last. In what is the best home remedies to keep her comfortable?

There are none!: This is one of the most painful things that can happen to a person, and it can result in lost/damaged organs and worse. If she is having a sickle crisis, get to a hospital for management. ...Read more

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Do people with sickle cell crisis have a lot of pain?

Do people with sickle cell crisis have a lot of pain?

PAIN WITH SICKLECELL: Sickle cell disese is a painful conditon and can have hemolytic crises, sequestration and thrombotic crises. The thrombotic crises is the one which causes the pain in any part of the body. They can be extremely painful requiring narcotics and some times have to be admitted to the hospital for IV fluids and pain medications. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the priority nursing intervention for sickle cell crisis?

Do your homework: This site is not a shortcut for you to have your nursing school or health class assignments answered. If you plan to pursue these interests you need to review the course materials and answer in the phraseology and terms common to those sources. Otherwise the instructors will know you did not, and will treat your answers accordingly. ...Read more

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Is sickle cell crisis more severe in sickle cell thalassemia or sickle cell alone?

Most less severe: Most are less severe in sickle cell thalassemia, but depends. HbS/B (0)thal: similar to HbSS in severity maybe slightly less severe. HbS/B (+)thal: has 60% HbSS and 30% HbA, thus less severe than HbSS (sickle cell alone). HbS/A-thal: less severe than HbSS due to decreased HbSS amount. ...Read more

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I have had sickle cell crisis frequently for the last 2 years, is there any tips on how I can manage the anaemia better. Thanks?

I have had sickle cell crisis frequently for the last 2 years, is there any tips on how I can manage the anaemia better. Thanks?

Hematologist: You need to be on folic acid. I would consider Hydroxyurea to try and reduce crisis episodes. However, you need to see a hematologist who takes care of a lot of sickle cell patients. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for sickle cell crisis?

Complex: Oxygen and fluids are traditionally given, and pain meds for symptom control. Infection, infarction, and other stresses may trigger a crisis. Hydroxyurea is used on a on-going basis during and between crises/. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for a sickle cell crisis?

Which treatment works the best and fastest for a sickle cell crisis?

Supportive care: It depends--sickle cell crisis can manifest as pain crisis, acute chest syndrome, stroke, priapism etc. But basically supportive care like- vigorous hydration, pain medication, adequate oxygenation, are needed. Exchange transfusion vs simple transfusion often times also has to be done depending on the level of hb. ...Read more

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Does high reticulocyte count mean sickle cell crisis?

Not necessarily....: Patients with sickle cell disease have elevated reticulocyte counts at baseline, as their red cells have significantly reduced half lives relative to normal rbcs. More rapid red cell synthesis, reflected by the high retic count, is needed to maintain steady state, albeit lower than normal. Are you having other symptoms suggesting vaso occlusive crisis? If so, you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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I recently was admitted for a sickle cell crisis and the pain in my shoulder has gotten worst. I have avn in that shoulder what are my options?

I recently was admitted for a sickle cell crisis and the pain in my shoulder has gotten worst. I have avn in that shoulder what are my options?

Ortho eval: Sickle crisis can certainly impact on pain levels. As the initial answer said you need an orthopedic evaluation. I am in the atlanta area, send me a private message and I will share some possible doctors for you to see. ...Read more

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How can I have a sickle cell crisis without having the anemia?

I don't think you can: Sickle cell crisis only happens if you have a diagnosis of sickle cell anemia. The degree of anemia sometimes is not that severe-however you will have anemia if you have sickle cell disease - not just a trait. If you only have a sickle cell trait -you will not have a sickle cell crisis. ...Read more

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Could sickle cell crisis cause lost of oxgen to brain?

Could sickle cell crisis cause lost of oxgen to brain?

Yes: Patients with sickle cell disease are at an increased risk of developing strokes which could affect oxygen delivery to the brain. ...Read more

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What is a sickle cell crisis and how does it relate to anemia?

What is a sickle cell crisis and how does it relate to anemia?

See below: The hallmark of sickle cell disease is the sickle cell crisis (also sometimes known as a vaso-occlusive crisis), which is an episode of pain. It is the most common reason for hospitalization in sickle cell disease.

Ssd is a type of anemia. ...Read more

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Could oxygen therapy be usedto reduce a sickle cell crisis?

Could oxygen therapy be usedto reduce a sickle cell crisis?

No; treats it.: Sickle cell crises are often precipitated in low oxygen tension situations. Oxygen therapy can help avaid a crisis and/or help treat an evolving one and decrease rbc sickling. ...Read more

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Can you have a sickle cell crisis in a tooth? My dentist states she does not see the cause of my pain in my lower back tooth on the right side.

Referred paim: Due to the nerve branch, you could have referred pain from an upper tooth that you believe is associated from that perfectly fine lower tooth. Go back to your dentist and have all teeth tested for percussion (tapping) and cold sensation. ...Read more

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Can sickle cell crisis cause lost of pregnancy?

Can sickle cell crisis cause lost of pregnancy?

Yes: Women with sickle cell disease who become pregnant are at higher risk for complications such as miscarriage, premature birth, and low birth weight. Sickle cell disease symptoms often worsen during pregnancy and pain crises become more frequent. However, with careful prenatal care and monitoring, serious problems can be avoided. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of sickle cell anemia crisis?

What are symptoms of sickle cell anemia crisis?

Pain.: When red cells sickle, they become rigid and block the flow of blood. If this happens in muscle or bone, the result is pain. In the lung it's pain and shortness of breath. In the brain, it can cause a stroke. Any organ can be effected. A painful crisis happens when blood flow is interrupted. They are episodic and unpredictable. ...Read more

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Is anemia always present in sickle cell anemia? And for how long can I experience pain without this being a crisis for sickle cell?

They call it sickle: Cell anemia because, indeed, patients essentially all have anemia. The anemia actually improves the rheologic (flow) properties of blood in these patients, whose rbcs are otherwise rigid with reduced degrees of freedom for deformability. Sickle cell pain occurs due to microvascular occlusion and tissue compromise. Oral opiates/ nsaids may provide relief, but IV opiates may be needed (pain crisis). ...Read more

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How do I prevent a crisis in flying with sickle cell anemia?

Sickle cell anemia: Good hydraion and good control/follow up wi your docor for your sickle cell are important. Your risk obviously will depend on the type of sickle cell anemia, the severity and your compliance to the therapy given for your sickle cell anemia. D/w your md and follow the recommendation. In general, need to keep good hydration, oxygenation. Take your Hydrea (hydroxyurea) as recommended and f/u with your doctor. ...Read more

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Hello, I have sickle cell anemia, my hematologist recomended me to do splenectomy does it help to reduce pain crisis?

Puzzling: Most sickle cell patients have auto splenectomy. If you have scd then that is usual. Seek additional input ...Read more

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Why might having a sickle cell anemia crisis result in a reduced red blood cell count?

See below: In sickle cell crisis there is both reduced production of red cells and excessive destruction of red cells.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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Why might having a sickle cell anemia crisis result in a reduced red blood cell count, an elevated white blood cell count, and a reduced hematocrit?

Why might having a sickle cell anemia crisis result in a reduced red blood cell count, an elevated white blood cell count, and a reduced hematocrit?

Acute blood trapping: Sickle cell crisis occurs because these patients red cell are not elastic, gets trapped in vessels, in spleen, liver, lungs, leading to loss from circulation, hence low red cells and hematocrit in CBC. Repeated episodes compromise immune functions and patients prone to infections, which could then induce rise in white blood cells to fight infections. BE hydrated, No strenous exercise ArePreventive. ...Read more

Dr. James Ball
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Sickle Cell Disease (Definition)

A group of disorders that cause red blood cells to become ...Read more