Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Sickle cell disease, which affects 70,000 Americans, was reversed in 9 of 10 patients given bone marrow transplants using a new technique, according to a study that may expand the therapy to adults.
People with the disease have misshapen red blood cells. While doctors have long used transplants to replace those cells in children, the treatment has been too toxic for adults. A study in today’s New England Journal of Medicine found that replacing only a portion of the cells can work. Recipients were sickle cell-free 30 months later. None had a common reaction in which immune cells in the donor marrow attack the host’s body...read more
Posted on Thu, December 17, 2009
by Gerry Koenig