Management of sickle cell disease in patients undergoing cardiac surgery

J Card Surg. 2017 Feb;32(2):80-84. doi: 10.1111/jocs.13093. Epub 2017 Jan 16.


Sickle cell disease is a life-limiting inherited hemoglobinopathy that poses inherent risk for surgical complications following cardiac operations. In this review, we discuss preoperative considerations, intraoperative decision-making, and postoperative strategies to optimize the care of a patient with sickle cell disease undergoing cardiac surgery.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anemia, Sickle Cell / complications
  • Anemia, Sickle Cell / therapy*
  • Atrial Fibrillation / complications
  • Atrial Fibrillation / surgery
  • Blood Transfusion / methods*
  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures*
  • Disease Management*
  • Heart Failure / complications*
  • Heart Failure / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Preoperative Care / methods*