What is an alternative to simple transfusion in the treatment of sickle cell disease (SCD)?

Updated: May 12, 2021
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
  • Print
Answer

Erythrocytapheresis is now increasingly used as an alternative to simple transfusion. This procedure allows rapid reduction of HbS concentrations to less than 30% without significantly increasing total hemoglobin concentration post transfusion (see Transfusion).


Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!