New Study Shows Bone Marrow Transplants Effective Sickle Cell Cure

12.10.09 | FL News Team

New research is giving hope to adults with sickle cell disease. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health report bone marrow transplants cured nine of ten people with sickle cell disease, which is a genetic defect causing a contortion of red blood cells. Writing in the "New England Journal of Medicine," Dr. Miguel Abboud of American University's Beirut Medical Center said the early results show treatment, quote, "could be ideal for patients with severe sickle cell disease." Similar transplants have been used successfully in children to cure the disease, but the procedure to destroy bone marrow and replace it with healthy marrow from a donor has been viewed as too risky for adults.