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Acute Chest Syndrome

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is acute chest syndrome (ACS)?

ACS is a complication of sickle cell disease (SCD). During ACS, sickled red blood cells block blood vessels in the lungs. This causes lung damage and prevents the lungs from receiving oxygen. ACS can happen a few days after a sickle cell crisis begins, or after you get a lung infection. ACS is a medical emergency.

What are the signs and symptoms of ACS?

How is ACS treated?

You will need to be treated and monitored closely in the hospital. You may need any of the following:

How can I help prevent ACS?

Call 911 or have someone else call for any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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