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At the UPMC Comprehensive Pulmonary Hypertension Program, we place a priority on screening our PH patients for sickle cell disease to avoid any additional complications.
Based on its results, patients are then:
Using certain parameters on the echocardiogram, patients are considered to be at a low, medium, or high risk of having pulmonary hypertension.
Based on any suspicion from the echocardiogram, a patient may require a right heart catheterization to make the diagnosis of PH.
While significant research has been performed, there are no treatments specific to sickle cell disease-associated PH.
Patients with this condition may first maximize medical therapy for sickle cell disease and then apply treatments that have worked in other populations with PH.
Doctors usually use the following interventions for patients with sickle cell disease-associated pulmonary hypertension in this order:
While lung transplant can carry risks, patients can be comforted by the breadth of experience and outcomes of the UPMC Lung Transplant Program team. UPMC performed the first lung transplant in a patient with sickle cell disease-associated pulmonary hypertension, with an excellent surgical outcome.
There are many complexities to lung transplant that require an experienced transplant center, as well as special preparation prior to listing. We recommend that patients seek early referral for transplant evaluation, especially those with worsening sickle cell disease-associated pulmonary hypertension.
To schedule an appointment at the UPMC Comprehensive Pulmonary Hypertension Program, contact us at: