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Research Now: Predicting Which Infants with Sickle Cell Disease will Have Impaired Heart and Lung Function

While sickle cell disease is considered a blood disease, patients often suffer from and ultimately die of progressive lung and heart disease. Funded by The Heart Center, Dr. Melissa Rhodes and Cardiologist Dr. Clifford Cua are studying pulmonary and cardiac function in infants with sickle cell disease using a technique developed by Dr. Robert Castile of the Center for Perinatal Research.  They are measuring blood biomarkers they hope will predict which children require early intervention to halt heart and lung failure.

Contact: Melissa Rhodes, MD, Hematology, Oncology and BMT

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