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Learning to Modify the Chronic Neurologic Burden of Sickle Cell Anemia


The patient sitting in front of you is a smiling, well-adjusted 6-year old boy.  He has a supportive family, eats a healthy diet, and is physically active.  What if, despite all of this, you knew that he had more than a 30 percent chance of developing a condition that would hamper his educational attainment?  Every day, pediatricians caring for children with sickle cell anemia are faced with this reality: around 37% of patients with sickle cell disease develop silent cerebral infarcts during childhood, which place them at significantly increased risk for poor academic achievement, cognitive deficits and strokes.