In sickle cell patients, a blood transfusion is used to provide normal red blood cells to the patient’s body. Red blood cell transfusions help lessen anemia and reduce the blood’s viscosity, allowing it to flow more freely and ease disease symptoms and prevent complications.
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Extremely cold weather can trigger a pain crisis in a child. Even when bundled up in a snowsuit, the shift in temperature may be enough to cause red blood cells to begin sickling in just a few minutes of outdoor play.