Revista Brasileira de Hematologia e Hemoterapia
Print version ISSN 1516-8484
BRAGA, Josefina A. P.. General measures in the treatment of sickle cell disease. Rev. Bras. Hematol. Hemoter. [online]. 2007, vol.29, n.3, pp. 233-238. ISSN 1516-8484. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-84842007000300009.
This article presents the most important measures in the care of patients with sickle cell disease, which is characterized by a high morbimortality rate. Effective preventive measures including newborn screening, education of patients and caregivers, nutrition support, protective vaccinations and prophylaxis using penicillin to prevent pneumococcal, contribute to a decrease in the morbimortality as well as to improve the quality of life of these patients.
Keywords : Sickle cell disease; immunization; antibiotic prophilaxis; infection.