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Managing acute and chronic pain in sickle cell disease.

Sickle cell disease (SCD) encompasses a group of haemoglobinopathies. There is currently no cure for adults with this hereditary disease, which mainly affects people of Afro-Caribbean origin and, to a lesser extent, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Asian groups. There are large numbers of people around the world who suffer from acute or chronic pain, or indeed both, as a result of SCD. Their quality of life is largely determined by the severity of their symptoms and the standard of ...

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