crises (sickle cell)

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Sickle cell crises occur most commonly in haemoglobin S homozygotes. Patients with mixed haemoglobinopathies may have sickling episodes e.g. SC disease.

Sickle cell crises do not occur in Hb S heterozygotes.

The various sickle cell crises and their acute management are described below.

Last reviewed 01/2018