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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there a cure for sickle cell anemia?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Torkildson
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
So far only one: At present the only cure for sickle cell disease is a bone marrow transplant. This is being done with greater frequency, and many pediatric transplant centers are participating in a trial with this. The biggest limitation to this is the availability of suitable bone marrow donors. Brothers or sisters are best, but they must be a match and have no more than sickle trait.
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A 23-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for sickle cell anemia?

1 doctor answer7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Chronic: Treatment focus is on maintaining hemoglobin levels, preventing "sickle crises", and preventing complications. Depending on blood levels and frequency of sickle crises an outpatient program of blood transfusions will be set up by the hematologist. Preventing complications such as strokes, pneumonias, etc. Is a goal. Hydrea (hydroxyurea) use can help in reducing crises. Some pts can get bone marrow transplants.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

What is the best treatment for sickle cell anemia?

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Dr. Larry Maturani
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Fluids, pain meds: Acutely, give IV fluids and pain medication. Long term patient may need hydroxyurea, bone marrow transplant. Watch high altitudes. This is why the one of the pittsburgh steelers cannot play in denver any longer because of the low o2 tension at such a high altitude. Exchange transfusion is another method of treatment.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

What are your treatment options for sickle cell anemia?

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Dr. Hushang Haghighat
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Follow up: Close follow up by hematology doctor ,hydration ,folic acid 1 mg/day ,treatment for pain and pain crises,yearly ophthalmology to detect early retinal disease
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A 46-year-old member asked:

Can you please suggest treatment of sickle cell anemia?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
No single treatment: Comprehensive sickle cell care at any age increases life expectancy of patients with sickle cell anemia. Children form birth to 5 years of age should receive penicillin prophylaxis. Children should receive immunizations on time. Newer data suggest that most sickle cell patients, including young children, benefit from hydroxyurea. Allogeneic stem cell transplantation is potentially curative.
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