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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Presistent increased frequency of emptying bladder, urinating, as a symptom of a disease state. 2 types: Mellitus (high blood glucose) & Insipidus (inadequate anti-diuretic hormone). In Diabetes mellitus, the far more common, glucose concentrations are ↑ed due to combination of 8 organ system changes referred to as the "ominous octet" & aggravated by intake of sugars (simple & complex ...Read more


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How can you treat persistent low hemoglobin counts following chemotherapy, other than blood transfusion?

How can you treat persistent low hemoglobin counts following chemotherapy, other than blood transfusion?

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, many cancer pts do not respond to it--either due to the nature of the cancer or the treatment or both. If not amenable to induction of production, then will need transfusion every so many weeks. I see many pts who do this, and once used to it are ok. ...Read more

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My grandfather is 93 yr old is having low hgb level 8.7 . Possible some type of cancer going on but will not investigate because at this age will not treat. Is this the end? Doing blood transfusion today should I be preparing for the worst. Was in hospita

My grandfather is 93 yr old is having low hgb level 8.7 . Possible some type of cancer going on but will not investigate because at this age will not treat. Is this the end? Doing blood transfusion today should I be preparing for the worst. Was in hospita

Hematologist can hel: Good supportive care is quite effective to maintain the quality of his life. If your current doctor does not take a positive approach seek consultation with a Hematologist(Blood specialist). They should definitely investigate the cause of his Anemia as it may be treatable with medicines which work well for Bone marrow diseases like MDS, common in older age individuals. ...Read more

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If mds can be treated by EPO why use of blood transfusion. Does mds with low risk turn high risk? Can mds remain as diagnosed initialy with no progres

If mds can be treated by EPO why use of blood transfusion. Does mds with low risk turn high risk? Can mds remain as diagnosed initialy with no progres

Epo: If hb is low enough -say- less than 7-8- or one is symptomatic- blood transfusion would likely be needed and would be more beneficial than epo- as sometimes it takes a while - needing a few injections-before you get better.If the hb is stable around 9 and no symptoms- i would do epo only and see. Yes mild mds can progress to high risk/leukemia. Yes, it can remains as low mds for a while. Need f/u. ...Read more

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77 years male with diabetes, urea 70, creatinine 1.7. No improvement in Haemoglobin (7.8) after 1 year of medicine. Is blood transfusion critical now?

77 years male with diabetes, urea 70, creatinine 1.7. No improvement in Haemoglobin (7.8) after 1 year of medicine. Is blood transfusion critical now?

Not enough info: You do not supply enough info for a useful answer. What is cause of the anemia? Anemia of renal insufficiency usually responds to epoetin. If no response, look for other contributing causes of anemia, such as iron deficiency. Anemia of this degree significantly impairs quality of life, and probably its duration. Transfusion may help temporarily. Patient needs evaluation by hematologist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a b- blood type could be used for someone with o+ blood type to have a blood transfusion?

Can you tell me if a b- blood type could be used for someone with o+ blood type to have a blood transfusion?

No: Each person has two components to blood type (one each from mother & father). To be "O," both must be O (OO). To be type B, could be BO, BB, OB. Type O(-) ideally is the "universal donor," as cells lack any major antigens. O could be given to B,but Type B has antigens that would react in a person w/type O blood. ...Read more

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Can blood stored from a newborn umbilical cord be used in a blood transfusion for his cousin?

Can blood stored from a newborn umbilical cord be used in a blood transfusion for his cousin?

Not rally: Cord blood is kept for the aquisition of stem cells. It is easy to find matching packed rbcs from the general pool for his cousin. ...Read more

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Why do I catch stuff like strep and tonsillitis more than i used to, had two blood transfusions with my hip surgeries, did i catch something from it?

Why do I catch stuff like strep and tonsillitis more than i used to, had two blood transfusions with my hip surgeries, did i catch something from it?

Probably not.: The increase in strep is usually related to increased exposure to people with strep. Stress can lower your immune system strength as well which may be contributing. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes Type 2 (Definition)

Diabetes Mellitus type 2, or adult onset diabetes, is a condition that is caused by insulin resistance. This means that the muscle and fat cells of the body do not take up blood glucose, leaving a high blood glucose. Some type 2 ...Read more


Dr. Juan Merayo-Rodriguez
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Transfusions (Definition)

Sometimes babies are given whole blood to supply what they are lacking, and sometimes only components of blood, such as platelets or ...Read more