Find out more about home treatment for sickle cell
Treatment if the condition gets worse
for severe cases of
sickle cell disease may include:
Organ failure can affect any part of the body in a person
sickle cell disease. Treatment may include
transfusions, medicines, and surgery. Surgery options include:
Identifying children at risk and treating them with
blood transfusions may prevent strokes and other nervous system problems. A
child or adult with sickle cell disease who has a stroke needs immediate
medical help including medicines and transfusions.
What To Think About
Pregnant women who have sickle
cell disease need specialized medical care.
A series of blood
transfusions is the treatment of choice to prevent strokes and treat other
aspects of this disease. But transfusions can cost a lot. And if you get a lot
of them, you could develop
antibodies that attack and destroy the donor blood.
This is called
alloimmunization. It occurs in about 1 out of 4 people
with sickle cell disease who get frequent transfusions.3
People with sickle cell disease and their
families face ongoing
stress. A support network (such as doctors, extended
family, friends, church, and counselors) can
help ease stress and worry.
Painful events and serious
complications of the disease can happen suddenly and unpredictably and can
become life-threatening. Bouts of severe pain can last for hours to days and
are difficult to treat. They're exhausting for caregivers as well as for the
person in pain. For more information, see the topic