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A 36-year-old female asked:

Why thalassemia patient take transfusion without plasma or white blood?is plasma harmful?

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Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 36 years experience
Need is RBC: Thalassemia patients needing transfusions need red blood cells because that is what they lack. Plasma does not contain red blood cells and is not helpful for the thalassemia patient. White blood cells can cause transfusion reactions that can be harmful; we usually provide red blood cells that are deficient in white blood cells to minimize transfusion reactions.
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