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Are there some new treatments in sickle cell anemia?
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Dr. Scott Adams
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Hydroxyurea
While not really new, the most effective relatively new intervention for sickle cell disease is giving Hydroxyurea to stimulate the bone marrow to produce red cells containing more fetal hemoglobin.
Fetal hemoglobin protects against sickling. Patients have fewer crises, may maintain splenic function over a longer period of time, have lower incidence of pulmonary hypertension, etc.

In brief: Hydroxyurea
While not really new, the most effective relatively new intervention for sickle cell disease is giving Hydroxyurea to stimulate the bone marrow to produce red cells containing more fetal hemoglobin.
Fetal hemoglobin protects against sickling. Patients have fewer crises, may maintain splenic function over a longer period of time, have lower incidence of pulmonary hypertension, etc.
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