Monthly transfusions reduce strokes in children with sickle cell anemia

August 20, 2014 10:16 PM

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Monthly transfusions reduce strokes in children with sickle cell anemia

Monthly blood transfusions reduce the risk of stroke in young patients with sickle cell anemia, scientists report Aug. 20 in The New England Journal of Medicine.

An estimated 1 in 3 children with sickle cell anemia experiences silent strokes — loss of blood flow to parts of the brain. Such strokes do not cause immediate symptoms and typically go undiagnosed. But damage from these incidents, which often recur, can lower a child's IQ.

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