Red blood cell transfusions for sickle cell disease

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Your child's health-care team may offer red blood cell transfusions to treat your child's sickle cell disease. Learn about the treatment, including its benefits and risks.

Key points

  • Red blood cell transfusions are a way to provide normal red blood cells to people with sickle cell disease.
  • Red blood cells may be given through a regular intravenous line or through a central line or port. This might happen in a clinic or hospital inpatient unit.
  • Talk to your child's health-care provider about all the risks and benefits of red blood cell transfusions.
Last updated: January 31st 2024