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How does exchange transfusion benefit sickle cell patients?

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Dr. Scott Diede
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Removes sickle cells

Acute red cell exchange is useful in acute infarctive stroke, in acute chest and multi-organ failure syndromes.
The process replaces sickled red blood cells with normal red blood cells. This procedure can also benefit certain patients on chronic transfusion plans by replacing sickled cells without increasing the viscosity of blood.

In brief: Removes sickle cells

Acute red cell exchange is useful in acute infarctive stroke, in acute chest and multi-organ failure syndromes.
The process replaces sickled red blood cells with normal red blood cells. This procedure can also benefit certain patients on chronic transfusion plans by replacing sickled cells without increasing the viscosity of blood.
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