Ask Your Doctor: Blood transfusion for thalassaemia patients

Recent data shows more than 90 per cent success rate of stem cell transplantation in patients who have HLA (Human Leukocyte Antigen) matched stem cell donors.
Ask Your Doctor: Blood transfusion for thalassaemia patients
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How important is blood transfusion for thalassaemia patients?

— R Puneet, Adambakkam

Thalassaemia patients are mostly children who go through painful blood transfusion for several years in their life. Blood transfusions have its challenges and risks. A stem cell transplantation is currently the only curative option available for this condition. Recent data shows more than 90 per cent success rate of stem cell transplantation in patients who have HLA (Human Leukocyte Antigen) matched stem cell donors. A successful blood stem cell transplant depends on a perfect HLA tissue match.

— Dr Sunil Bhat, Director and Clinical Lead, Paediatric Hematology, Oncology and Blood & Marrow Transplantation

Who can undergo transcatheter valve-invalve procedures?

— Robin Raj, Mogappai

A transcatheter procedure for valve-in-valve replacement is recommended for those who had undergone open heart surgeries with tissue valve, which is failing now and the recovery period in this is faster when compared to a surgery. The valve-in-valve replacement through a transcatheter has been adopted significantly in the west, and it is proved safer for high-risk patients who had already undergone open heart surgery.

— Dr R Anantharaman, Sr Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Kauvery Hospital

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