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Adults with sickle cell disease cured with stem cell transplants

Published on 24th Sep 2015

Published on 24th September 2015

University of Illinois at Chicago physicians have cured 12 adult patients of sickle cell disease using stem cell transplantation from healthy, tissue-matched siblings. The transplants at UI Health were the first performed outside the National Institutes of Health campus in Maryland, where the procedure was developed. Because the technique eliminates the need for chemotherapy to prepare the patient to receive the transplanted cells, it offers the prospect of a cure for tens of thousands of adults with sickle cell disease.

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