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Treatments for Hemoglobin SC

Treatment List for Hemoglobin SC

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Hemoglobin SC includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

  • Haemoglobin SC disease is a form of sickle cell disease, but is usually not as severe as other forms of sickle cell disease. Treatments include:
    • Prevention of infection
      • Penicillin prophylaxis in children
      • Use of pneumococcal vaccine
      • Prompt treatment of infections in adults
    • Management of sickle-cell crisis
    • Management of chronic pain
      • Paracetamol
      • NSAID's
      • Long acting opioids
      • Non drug approaches - hot and cold packs, acupuncture etc
    • Management of chronic anemia
      • Folic acid supplementation if stores are low (due to high cell turnover)
      • Management of concomitant iron deficiency eg in menstruating women
      • Balanced diet
      • Transfusion only in specific circumstances
    • Hydroxyurea
      • For patient with frequent crises
      • Where benefits outweigh potential toxicity
    • Bone marrow transplantation - significant difficulties associated with its use, but a potential treatment
    • Various treatments for complications of SCA
    • Genetic counselling - for affected patients starting a family or parents of affected children wishing to have more children

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