Evidence-based mini-review: Are systemic corticosteroids an effective treatment for acute pain in sickle cell disease?

L. Vandy Black, Wally R. Smith

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Abstract

An 18-year-old African-American male with sickle cell disease (SCD) is admitted to the hospital with a vaso-occlusive pain crisis affecting his chest and right upper extremity. He has a history of asthma but does not have a fever or respiratory symptoms, and a chest X-ray is negative for an infiltrate. He is treated with intravenous fluids and morphine. You are asked about the potential efficacy of systemic corticosteroids as an adjunctive treatment for pain control.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology

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