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Efforts to Reduce Stroke in Kids With Sickle Cell Working: Study
Date:2/2/2012

ccounted for 20 percent of 4,425 stroke deaths among U.S. children under age 20 between 1988 and 2007. Hemorrhagic stroke (caused by a burst blood vessel) accounted for 67 percent of those deaths.

Children with sickle cell anemia who have strokes tend to have ischemic strokes, while adults with sickle cell anemia tend to have hemorrhagic strokes, Lehman said.

In sickle cell anemia, normally round red blood cells become crescent-shaped, making it harder for blood to flow. The result is severe joint pain, tissue damage and complications such as stroke.

Ultrasound can be used to determine which kids with sickle cell are at high risk of stroke and should be treated with blood transfusions.

Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

More information

The March of Dimes has more about sickle cell disease.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: American Stroke Association, news release, Feb. 2, 2012


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