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Why would they do exchange transfusion in sickle cell patients?

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Dr. Kelty Baker
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In brief: Exchange transfusion

Sickled cells can cause dangerous complications such as stroke, multiorgan failure syndrome, acute chest syndrome, hepatic sequestration crisis, and priapism.
Exchange transfusions remove the patient's sickled blood and replace it with normal blood, reversing or lessening the effects of the aforementioned complications and allowing restoration of normal organ function.

In brief: Exchange transfusion

Sickled cells can cause dangerous complications such as stroke, multiorgan failure syndrome, acute chest syndrome, hepatic sequestration crisis, and priapism.
Exchange transfusions remove the patient's sickled blood and replace it with normal blood, reversing or lessening the effects of the aforementioned complications and allowing restoration of normal organ function.
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