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I have hemochromatosis - can i donate blood?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
No: Unfortunately, the red cross does not allow this blood to be donated even though there is nothing wrong with the blood. However, certain bacteria thrive on iron and that may be the red cross's rational.
Dr. Cynthia Point
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Yes: There is no recognized universal prohibition on donation, but some blood banks will not accept blood from a person with hemochromatosis.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: If you're healthy. Most blood banks will accept your blood donation. In fact, hemochromatosis donors are greatly appreciated. http://www.communitybloodservices.org/db_hhemochromatosis.php

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Last updated Nov 30, 2016

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