"One of the leading treatments for sickle cell anemia is transfusion therapy. The Seriousness of Transfusion Therapy Transfusion therapy can save the life of a patient with sickle cell anemia. In other cases, transfusion therapy can protect organs from becoming damaged by the disease. The treatment is very serious and requires much attention to detail. Any doctor without extensive knowledge of sickle cell anemia may wind up causing new complications that would otherwise never occur. Red blood cells are very complicated to handle in a medical fashion. However, if the procedures are performed correctly, the transfusion therapy will have very beneficial results. Transfusion therapy will cause a suppression of circulating cells that have been deformed by the disease. This helps to reduce episodes of pain and other symptoms by introducing healthy and well shaped red blood cells into the body.
The Many Types of Transfusion Therapy
Transfusion therapy can be performed in a variety of ways. Simple transfusion, erythrocytapheresis and partial exchange are all methods of transfusion used for specific cases. The most extreme cases would usually benefit from a treatment of erythrocytapheresis. Whichever specific method is used, transfusion works by introducing new cells into the body. This blood can be of any age, because age usually has no impact on the blood.
The major debate about transfusion therapy is related to the lack of knowledge of how the body may react to cell transfusion. There are many potential dangers when receiving cell therapy. The main goal of transfusion therapy is to add more healthy red blood cells in order to remove the threat of the sickle shaped cells. The problem is red blood cells contain iron. When a patient receives numerous blood transfusions, they may accumulate too much iron in the body. Transfusion therapy is a serious operation that should be discussed at length with the doctor before any decisions are made."
http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/sickle-cell-anemia/treatment.html Thank you Adam, I really appreciate your time and effort to educate people about this therapy.