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patient education

Emergency Guide: When to see the doctor

key information

source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

year: N/A

summary/abstract:

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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