Abdullah Kutlar

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BACKGROUND Blood transfusions prevent recurrent stroke in children with sickle cell anemia, but the value of transfusions in preventing a first stroke is unknown. We used transcranial Doppler ultrasonography to identify children with sickle cell anemia who were at high risk for stroke and then randomly assigned them to receive standard care or transfusions(More)
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an increasing global public health concern, particularly among populations of African ancestry. We performed an interrogation of known renal loci, genome-wide association (GWA), and IBC candidate-gene SNP association analyses in African Americans from the CARe Renal Consortium. In up to 8,110 participants, we performed(More)
CONTEXT Hydroxyurea increases levels of fetal hemoglobin (HbF) and decreases morbidity from vaso-occlusive complications in patients with sickle cell anemia (SCA). High HbF levels reduce morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVE To determine whether hydroxyurea attenuates mortality in patients with SCA. DESIGN Long-term observational follow-up study of(More)
Avascular necrosis (AVN) of the humeral and femoral heads is a frequent and debilitating complication of sickle cell disease. Some of the risk factors for AVN are alpha-thalassemia and age. Recently, newly discovered thrombophilia mutations have been associated with AVN in patients without sickle cell disease. We studied the frequency of the thermolabile(More)
BACKGROUND Sickle-cell anaemia is associated with substantial morbidity from acute complications and organ dysfunction beginning in the first year of life. Hydroxycarbamide substantially reduces episodes of pain and acute chest syndrome, admissions to hospital, and transfusions in adults with sickle-cell anaemia. We assessed the effect of hydroxycarbamide(More)
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified 36 loci associated with body mass index (BMI), predominantly in populations of European ancestry. We conducted a meta-analysis to examine the association of >3.2 million SNPs with BMI in 39,144 men and women of African ancestry and followed up the most significant associations in an additional 32,268(More)
Stroke occurs in 7-8% of children with Sickle Cell Disease (Hb SS) and is a major cause of morbidity. Rates of recurrence have been reduced from 46-90% to less than 10% through chronic blood transfusions. Prevention of first stroke, however, would be preferable because even one stroke can cause irreversible brain injury. Transcranial Doppler (TCD)(More)
PURPOSE Chronic red cell transfusion has been used for prevention of recurrent stroke in patients with sickle cell disease for three decades, and its effectiveness in primary prevention was recently shown. Iron overload, the inevitable result of chronic transfusion, is commonly monitored with serum ferritin concentration. PATIENTS AND METHODS Sixty-one(More)
The increase in fetal hemoglobin (HbF) in response to hydroxyurea (HU) varies among patients with sickle cell anemia. Twenty-nine candidate genes within loci previously reported to be linked to HbF level (6q22.3-q23.2, 8q11-q12 and Xp22.2-p22.3), involved in metabolism of HU and related to erythroid progenitor proliferation were studied in 137 sickle cell(More)