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How low can hemoglobin go before you need a transfusion

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Taylor
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It depends...: What's the cause? How quickly has the hemoglobin dropped/is there any ongoing bleeding? Is there evidence of inadequate tissue perfusion? What other a ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Not many: Your heme-onc dr is an expert in this, and should have discussed (or tried) a gmcsf injection to stimulate your body's red blood cell production. But, ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
What's the question?: I'm sorry dad is sick. He may have a hemolytic anemia that is causing his jaundice, or he may have liver disease and bleeding due to this or some othe ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carla Enriquez
49 years experience Pediatrics
Wow: There must be an explanation for the anemia. An effective treatment course can only be accomplished by having a proper diagnosis. Iron deficiency is ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Of course you do: You are still seriously anemic. Be proactive. Insist on an explanation of how you got this sick and what wil be done to restore you to health. If you ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Please: clarify what the question is.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
What is the question: Hello fbruno6. If you are still bleeding, your hemoglobin may remain low. Continued transfusions, if needed, will bring up the hemoglobin. You may als ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
32 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Low: Due to the potential side-effects and risks of transfusion and the chronic blood shortage the us has, most would agree that transfusion should occur o ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Not neccessarily: Blood transfusion is given if the anemia is symptomatic or very low due to active bleeding asymptomatic anemias can be treated with IV iron or iron b ... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Hebert
28 years experience Pathology
Hemoglobin level: Most centers will not transfuse a stable non bleeding patient with a hemoglobin over 7. Speak with your doctor if you are having symptoms due to anem ... Read More

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