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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


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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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How to treat Hepatitis B? I've got blood transfusion and they detected hep B in it. They couldn't test it earlier because it was emergency.

How to treat Hepatitis B? I've got blood transfusion and they detected hep B in it. They couldn't test it earlier because it was emergency.

Need more info: More than 80% of the patients with hepatitis B infection recover on their own and eliminate the virus and are none the worse for it. You may wish to get tested in about six months to see if you have active infection or have recovered. God forbid you have chronic infection, it can be treated. Wish you good health. ...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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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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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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How safe is a blood transfusion?

How safe is a blood transfusion?

Very safe: Blood donors are screened for diseases and medications. Blood products are screened for infectios agents, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Blood banks store blood for a limited period of time only. ...Read more

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How can blood transfusion help in :-?

How can blood transfusion help in :-?

Decreased oxygen lev: This is a clinical decision since patients with symptoms of hypoxemia(low oxygen) most likely will not improve until their oxygen carryin capacity (red blood cells and hemoglobin) are increased to support the normal function of the body. In cases of acute bleeding of 2 or more liters of blood, the patient most likely will need a transfusion (our body has 4-6 liters of blood or 10 pints). ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

A group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the ...Read more