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Parent et al report that among 398 people with sickle cell disease, the prevalence of pulmonary hypertension seemed to be 27% by echocardiography. By right heart catheterization, it was 6%. NEJM 2011;365:44-53.

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Sickle cell patients need right heart cath, not echo, to diagnose pulmonary hypertension (like everyone else)