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Treatments for Sickle Cell Disease

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 episodes
  • Managing chronic pain
  • Managing anemia
  • Preventing and treating infections
  • Managing complications and organ damage
Treatments include:
New treatments under investigation include:
  • Gene therapy
  • Combination of clotrimazole and magnesium

References

Cecil Textbook of Medicine. 22nd ed. W.B. Saunders; 2003.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov .

Sickle Cell Disease Association of America website. Available at: http://www.sicklecelldisease.org .

Weiner CM. Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. New York, NY: McGraw Hill; 2008.

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