The lack of a strong evidence base to guide the management of adults with sickle cell disease (SCD) makes it difficult for patients to receive high quality care outside of specialty centers. As there is a dearth of providers with sickle cell expertise, the purpose of this article is to identify some of the key things every provider who manages the care of adults with SCD should know. Managing adults with SCD requires excellent clinical skills, as it can affect every organ and cause life-threatening complications but it also requires a willingness to manage patients who often have psychosocial issues that are complex and impact care and care delivery in very significant ways. We have chosen topics for which there is a limited evidence base but which have significant clinical consequences if left unrecognized or poorly managed. The topics that will be addressed include chronic pain, neurocognitive dysfunction, renal disease, venous thromboembolism, and avoiding the inappropriate use of red cell transfusions.
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