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Emergency Guide: When to see the doctor

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source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


It is very important that every person or family with a young child with sickle cell disease have a plan for how to get help immediately, at any hour, if there’s a problem. Be sure to find a place that will have access to your medical records or bring a copy.


Go to an emergency room or urgent-care facility right away for:

• Fever above 101° F

• Difficulty breathing

• Chest pain

• Abdominal (belly) swelling

• Severe headache

• Sudden weakness or loss of feeling and movement

• Seizure

• Painful erection of the penis that lasts more than 4 hours


Call a doctor right away for:

• Pain anywhere in the body that will not go away with treatment at home

• Any sudden problem with vision


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