Hydroxyurea In Children

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In contrast, there are many benefits to this drug. One major benefit that has been discovered is that organ malfunction is prevented by hydroxyurea. In some cases, regeneration of splenic functions has been noticed. In sickle cell anemia, organ malfunction/degradation begins very early in a child’s life (Ware, 2010). The degradation will never stop, so treatment early on is very important. Hydroxyurea is easy to administer, and it is not harmful to children. This allows it to be used early on in a child’s life to prevent organ degradation. Hydroxyurea also results in fewer sickled cells, increased mean corpuscular volume, and less hemolysis (Ware, 2010). The prevention of these symptoms increases both life expectancy and quality of life.

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