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Question Why prophylactic pencillin for sickle cell disease?

Reviewing some questions I came along an explanation that said that children with sickle cell disease should receive penicillin BID for prohylaxis until age 5.
Can anybody explain why? I hadn't read this before. I know about the vaccines but penicillin?
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Reviewing some questions I came along an explanation that said that children with sickle cell disease should receive penicillin BID for prohylaxis until age 5.
Can anybody explain why? I hadn't read this before. I know about the vaccines but penicillin?
Ya , bcoz they can get serious salmonella osteomylitis.
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Ya , bcoz they can get serious salmonella osteomylitis.
Actually I just reviewed this topic and it's not because of Salmonella. It's to prevent severe pneumococcal infections. But yes, it's indicated.
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Autosplenectomy at an older age and thus susceptibility to encapsulated micoorganisms for e.g. strep pneumonie
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