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