Study: Marrow Transplants Can Reverse Adult Sickle Cell

Bone marrow transplants can reverse severe sickle cell disease in adults, a small, but promising study finds.

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CHICAGO (July 1, 2014) Bone marrow transplants can reverse severe sickle cell disease in adults, just as in children, a small, but promising government study found.

The technique is a modified version of what doctors have done in children.

It worked in 26 of 30 adults studied.

Donors were a brother or sister whose stem cell-rich bone marrow was a good match for the patient.

Doctors avoided doing the transplants in adults because of concerns that the disease had taken a toll on their bodies, but the researchers say the results show age shouldn't be a barrier.

The study was done at a National Institutes of Health research hospital in Maryland.

The results were published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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