This video news release explains the cause and symptoms of sickle cell disease (SCD) and summarizes recommendations from an expert panel on evidence-based treatments, including hydroxyurea for pain and vasoocclusive crises, preoperative blood transfusions to increase hemoglobin levels to greater than 10 g/dL, opioids for severe pain, and daily penicillin in preschool children with HbSS to prevent invasive pneumococcal disease.
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