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Blood Transfusions May Cut Risk of ‘Silent’ Stroke in Kids With Sickle Cell
Monthly blood transfusions may lower the chances of “silent” strokes in some children with sickle cell anemia, a new clinical trial indicates.
The study, reported in the Aug. 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, found that in children with a previous silent stroke, monthly blood transfusions cut the rate of future strokes by more than half.
The researchers said their findings support screening children with sickle cell for evidence of silent stroke — something that is not routinely done now.
"Prior to this, there was no treatment, so the argument was, ‘Why screen?’" explained Dr. James Casella, vice chair of the clinical trial and director of pediatric hematology at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore. “Now we have a treatment to offer.”