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.