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are blood transfusions common for preemies?

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Dr. Raja Nandyal
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Yes: Depending on how early, how small, medical status/condition and the ongoing course of the infant, the number of transfusions vary. Also, some physicians and neonatal icus are very restrictive, because of potential newly reported complications like transfusion related gut injury etc.
Dr. Cristina Carballo
Dr. Cristina Carballo answered
Neonatology 39 years experience
Depends.: Premies may need blood transfusions dependent on how ill they are, ie on the ventilator, increased requirement in oxygen, poor growth. There are other means to help the baby recover red cells, such as erythropoitin, but this therapy takes a while for the baby to respond too.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Premi's in an ICU setting have blood taken for tests & although small amounts are used, baby doesn't have much & this adds up over time. They are also using much of their energy to mature & less so to make blood on their own. Anemia (too little blood) can slow growth & healing so efforts to keep babies levels up are part of trying to get them well.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Yes: Premies lack iron stores and don't have well primed bone marrows. Anemia of prematurity is common and frequently requires blood transfusion.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

Are there risks for patients receiving blood transfusions?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Of course but low: Viruses and disease, allergic reaction, lung damage. Please reed the folowing article for explianitions. The chances are low bout real.Consult your doctor.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Are blood transfusions safe?

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Dr. Thomas Ruma
Pathology 46 years experience
Almost risk free: Alexis, i would have to say that blood transfusions are safe but not entirely risk free. Those that donate blood are given a rigorous questionaire, and physically examined. Then the blood removed is tested for all types of infectious disease agents including hepatitis and hiv. The unit is then processed, stored under strict federal guidelines, and tested again before you receive the unit.
A 39-year-old member asked:

When are blood transfusions needed?

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Dr. Leila Wing
Dr. Leila Wing answered
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Acute or chronic?: Blood transfusions are needed for various reasons, including anemia, acute blood loss from injury, internal bleeding, rectal bleeding, blood in your urine, etc. It depends on how low the blood count (hemoglobin) is and how quickly the hemoglobin has dropped. There is professional debate on the exact number (of hemoglobin) for when to transfuse blood.
A 25-year-old member asked:

What are the complications from blood transfusions?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Potentially many: Though there are potentially many complictions thankfully the rate of complications is low. These can include reactions such as fevers, chills, allergic reactions to serious reactions such as hemolysis (blood destruction), infections (viruses, bacteria).
A 36-year-old member asked:

Do lots of people get complications from blood transfusions?

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Dr. Patrick Weix
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Patients getting a transfusion have their blood typed and examined for antibodies, and these are compared to the specific blood units being used for a transfusion. The blood being transfused is always screened for viral and bacterial contamination and used only if it is negative. There is less risk in a transfusion than in driving your car to work!

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