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Is there a cure for sickle cell anemia?

The only possible cure for sickle cell anemia is a bone marrow transplant. However, this procedure can be risky because a donor with matching genes must be found. This procedure involves transplanting healthy stem cells from a genetically compatible donor into the bone marrow of someone with sickle cell anemia. The stem cells can prevent the production of the type of hemoglobin that causes sickle-shaped red blood cells. After a transplant, immunosuppressants will need to be taken for life to prevent infection. Bone marrow transplant, even if performed successfully, will not always cure sickle cell anemia.

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