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Sickle Cell Disease: Dactylitis (Hand-Foot Syndrome) - Topic Overview

Dactylitis is severe pain that affects the bones of the hands, the feet, or both. It's often the first symptom of sickle cell disease in babies.

Dactylitis is caused by blocked blood circulation. Symptoms include extreme pain and tenderness, usually with swelling. An episode may last 1 to 4 weeks.

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Your child's doctor will likely suggest pain relievers and ask you to make sure your child is getting plenty of fluids. Although it is painful, dactylitis does not damage your child's body.

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    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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