Blood transfusions may lower stroke risk in pediatric sickle cell disease

06/24/2013 | U.S. News & World Report

Black children with sickle cell disease had a higher risk of dying from an ischemic stroke than their white counterparts before and after a blood transfusion initiative, but the relative risk fell 27% following the program, a study showed. However, researchers found a slight increase in the risk of death from hemorrhagic stroke among black patients after the implementation of the program. The findings appear in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

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