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Full blood count and reticulocyte count in painful sickle crisis
  1. Aaron W Bernard, Emergency Physicians,
  2. Arvind Venkat, Emergency Physicians,
  3. Michael S Lyons, Emergency Physician
  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, USA

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    Report by Aaron W Bernard, Arvind Venkat, Emergency PhysiciansChecked by Michael S Lyons, Emergency PhysicianDepartment of Emergency Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, USA


    A short cut review was carried out to establish whether routine haematological testing is useful in patients with painful sickle crisis. 21 papers were found using the reported searches, of which three presented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The author, date, and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results, and study weaknesses of these best papers are tabulated. It is concluded that routine haematological testing does not alter management decisions in these patients.

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    In a [patient with painful sickle crisis] does a [complete blood count or reticulocyte cell count] alter …

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