Ludovico Guarini MD Pediatric Hematology Residency Beth Israel Medical Center .. Fellowship: Columbia University .. Director of Pediatric Hematology at Maimonides Medical Center .. Castle Connolly Top Doctor .. DrMDK.com
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Host: Down the road bone marrow transplant is a -- Dr. Ludovico Guarini: Bone marrow transplant is already a possibility in sickle cell disease for a variety of reasons and because the disease is so heterogeneous, meaning it has so many different manifestations and it's so benign in some patients and devastating in other, it has not been used across the board for it's patients, but you know that patients with sickle cell disease can be cured of their disease with bone marrow transplant. And there are at this point probably several hundred patients who will be transplanted both here and in Europe. A little anecdote, the first patient with sickle cell disease who was transplanted actually was transplanted because the patient had recurrent leukemia and the patient happen to be treated and cured of both sickle cell and leukemia and I believe she is still alive today many years from it. Host: So there is great hope down the road with this disease? Dr. Ludovico Guarini: There is great hope in this rare disease also -- (Audio ends abruptly)

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