Treatments for Sickle Cell Disease
There are no treatments to cure sickle cell disease. Instead, treatment is aimed at managing the various symptoms in an effort to minimize complications. The goals of treatment include:
- Managing and preventing acute crisis episodes
- Managing chronic pain
- Managing anemia
- Preventing and treating infections
- Managing complications and organ damage
Sickle cell disease treatment includes:
Medical supportMedicationsSurgeryLifestyle changes
Complications and treatments. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at:
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How is sickle cell disease treated?
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