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Regular blood transfusions can reduce repeat strokes in children with sickle cell disease

Regular blood transfusion therapy significantly reduces the recurrence of silent strokes and strokes in children with sickle cell anemia who have had pre-existing silent strokes, according to study results. Sickle cell disease most commonly affects African-Americans, occurring in one of every 396 births in this ethnic group. In the disease, red blood cells are hard, sticky and shaped like a crescent moon. When the sickle cells travel through small blood vessels, they can decrease the normal blood flow to all organs of the body.
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