Author: Matthew Heeney, MD

Four things to know about what’s new in sickle cell disease

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An expert panel convened by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute recently issued the first new guidelines (PDF) since 2002 for the management of sickle cell disease (SCD). In addition, the National Institutes of Health recently closed the Transcranial doppler With Transfusions Changing to Hydroxyurea (TWiTCH) study, which compared treatments to prevent stroke in children found to be at high risk of developing the complication.

Briefly, here is what these and other recent developments mean for the treatment of patients with SCD. …Read More

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