Sickle Cell Disease – Look Behind the Pain

In this video presentation Dr. Patricia Adams-Graves, hematologist and Medical Director of the Diggs- Kraus Sickle Cell Center, discusses known complications that may contribute to acute pain in sickle cell disease. Dr. Adams-Graves’ shares a central message that while the sickle cell patient may present to the emergency department (ED) with what appears to be uncomplicated pain, it is critically importance to look behind the pain.

She also touches on the disease in order of severity, its incidence, the top four manifestations, acute and chronic pain treatment approaches, management of the difficult patient, as well as some solutions for developing collaborative efforts between the hematologist, primary care physician and the ED provider.

Dr. Adams-Graves

Dr. Patricia Adams-Graves serves as Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine/Hematology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee. She is also the Medical Director of the Diggs-Kraus Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center where she provides and oversees quality health care for over 700 adults with Sickle Cell Disease. The Center, which includes a 15-chair state of the art infusion suite, is directly connected to the teaching hospital, Regional One Health and its emergency room, which results in seamless communication. Its service area expands to a 210 mile radius of the mid-south area, bordering the states of Mississippi, Arkansas, and the boot heels of Missouri.

Dr. Adams-Graves’ focus is on patient health care delivery, education, community outreach, and clinical research. Adams-Graves is an associate member of the American Society of Hematology and serves on the board of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee. She has authored and published many articles related to sickle cell disease. Dr. Adams-Graves comments, “I have this disease in my family and therefore I have passion beyond the doctor-patient relationship.” In 2014, Dr. Adams-Graves received the honor of Sickle Cell Disease Association of America’s Iconic Women Award.