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RELATIONS  9th NATIONAL CONGRESS OF THE SOCIETÀ ITALIANA DI MEDICINA DELL'ADOLESCENZA - Catanzaro, October 24-26, 2002 

Minerva Pediatrica 2002 December;54(6):517-20

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language: Italian

Adolescence and sickle celle disease

Samperi P., Schilirò G.


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Sickle cell disease adds relevant problems to the physical, emotional and social changes that normally occur during adolescence. Specific physical characteristics and complications of the disease can hinder the social and emotional adjustment of the affected teenagers. The cooperation between the physician and the parents is essential in order to assist the teenager to the difficulties of this critical phase of adolescence. Recommendations are best offered in the form of education of the adolescent about the disease, education of the family and the school about the needs of the adolescent, and the preparation of the adolescent for the transition to the adult life and adult medical care.

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