Renal papillary necrosis in sickling hemoglobinopathies can lead to significant complications, including hemorrhage, obstruction, and infection. Despite its frequency, there are limited therapies for protracted hemorrhage. In the past, massive hemorrhage was managed with nephrectomy. Here, we report a patient with hemoglobin SC disease and prolonged, life-threatening hemorrhage from papillary necrosis successfully treated with oral, low-dose epsilon aminocaproic acid (EACA). Although further study is warranted, this case illustrates the need to consider EACA in the conservative management of renal papillary necrosis and significant hemorrhage in sickle cell hemoglobinopathies.
- Epsilon aminocaproic acid (Amicar®)
- Hemoglobin SC
- Papillary necrosis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health