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Health Watch: New treatment for Sickle Cell disease

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A standard bone marrow transplant is a potential treatment option for patients with severe sickle cell disease. However, that procedure has only been done in children with sickle cell. A new study examined whether a less intensive and safer type of bone marrow transplant could improve outcomes for adults with sickle cell disease.

Researchers tested a regimen that didn’t require destroying all of an adult patient’s bone marrow. 30 patients who had a sibling with matching immune characteristics received the less intensive transplant.

“We are taking only about 30 to 50 percent of the bone marrow and immune system and then replacing that with a donor,” said Dr. Matthew Hsieh of the National Institutes of Health.

Researchers say transplantation was successful in 26 of the 30 patients.

Sickle cell is a genetic disorder where normal red blood cells become sickle or banana shaped and have difficulty passing through the blood vessels.


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