Case 34 – the beginning

Welcome back to #teamhaem. Great you have you on board with this new case.

We start in the emergency department. A 16 year old female with known homozygous sickle cell anaemia presents to your hospital with abdominal pain and feeling lightheaded.  She had an elective laproscopic cholecystectomy five days earlier at another hospital and only left hospital a day previous.

Observations reveal:

  • BP 89/50
  • Pulse 105bpm
  • SpO2 96% on room air
  • Resp rate 20/minute
  • Temperature 37.7 degrees Celsius


  • Is there anything you would like to know from this history first of all?
  • What are the important points in the initial management of this patient whilst undergoing a diagnostic workup?

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