Penicillin Recognized as Preventative Medicine for Children with Sickle Cell

Penicillin Recognized as Preventative Medicine for Children with Sickle Cell

Loss of splenic function (see Disease complications and Treatment section for more information) makes Sickle cell patients more susceptible to bacterial infections, especially pneumococci which results in Pneumococcal meningitis. In [...]

Loss of splenic function (see Disease complications and Treatment section for more information) makes Sickle cell patients more susceptible to bacterial infections, especially pneumococci which results in Pneumococcal meningitis. In the early 1980s, it was noted that these Pneumococcal infections can be prevented by prophylactic penicillin in early childhood and by pnewumococcal vaccines at later stages. Although with the rise of many pneumococci strains that are resistant to penicillin, these preventative measures might need to be replaced in the future.

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