Differential Diagnosis and Management of an Infant Presenting in Shock With a History of Sickle Cell Anemia and a Recent Fall

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Abstract of Journal Article -- September 2000  

By Ginger W. Wilhelm, MD, and Mark Mehaffey, MD  

The presentation of shock in an infant can be subtle, yet must be recognized and treated very quickly to prevent decompensation and cardiopulmonary arrest. Treatment must begin as soon as shock is noted and before or along with the evaluation to establish the etiology of the shock. This case report illustrates these principles by describing an infant with sickle cell anemia who presented to the emergency department in shock after sustaining a fall.

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