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Hydroxyurea Effective With Few Side Effects in the Sickest Sickle Cell Patients

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  • Sickle cell anemia is an inherited blood disorder that causes red blood cells to form a sickle shape, leaving them fragile, unable to carry oxygen, and more prone to clogging blood vessels.
  • The drug hydroxyurea improves the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen and decreases breakage of the cells among patients with moderate to severe sickle cell anemia.
  • Patients taking hydroxyurea experienced lower death rates, decreased pain attacks and fewer pneumonialike episodes.


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