Show Summary Details
Page of

Sickle Cell Pain Crisis 

Sickle Cell Pain Crisis
Chapter:
Sickle Cell Pain Crisis
Author(s):

Vikram Bansal

, Deva Sharma

, and Uma Shastri

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190856649.003.0019
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE (www.oxfordmedicine.com). © Oxford University Press, 2016. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 20 September 2019

Acute sickle cell pain crises pose a significant challenge to acute pain medicine physicians. Knowledge of underlying mechanisms, whether vaso-occlusive or not, can be useful in planning successful analgesic regimens. This chapter describes the pathophysiology and epidemiology of sickle cell disease. It also addresses how anesthesiologists should evaluate patients with sickle cell disease and acute pain. The chapter then presents numerous opioid delivery options that should be judiciously utilized to optimize patient function. Nonopioid adjuncts, such as acetaminophen or ketamine, should be aggressively pursued, and in some scenarios, perineural interventions may be appropriate. In any scenario, a comprehensive team-based approach is encouraged.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.