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Sickle Cell - Blood Transfusions

Children with Sickle Cell Anemia are susceptible to strokes because of their abnormal blood cells.

After the first stroke, it has been shown that blood transfusions in some patients can prevent an additional stroke.

But how about preventing a stroke in the first place??????

The New England Journal of Medicine reports a study of Sickle Cell patients who have not yet had a stroke, but who were at high risk for one, on an ultrasound test.

The study showed that blood transfusions greatly reduced the risk of a first stroke in these children.

This is important news for these patients.

I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.






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