Indications and complications of transfusions in sickle cell disease

Smith-Whitley, K.; Thompson, A. A.

Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2012 May 9; 59(2):358-64


Red cell transfusion remains an important part of the management of acute and chronic complications in SCD. The ongoing and emerging uses of transfusions in SCD may have significant benefits; however, the potential complications of transfusions also deserve careful consideration. In this report we review current indications for transfusions, transfusion complications, modifications of transfusion practices to mitigate risk, and potential considerations to improve transfusion outcomes.

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