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Are There Risks For Patients Receiving Blood Transfusions
If that is: The therapy chosen by the specific treating physician for that specific patient at that specific time. Your question is too generic and not appropriate for the general population at large. ...Read more
Be informed: For transfusion the main preparation is to have the right information from your doctor and sign a consent for any adverse reaction that may happen during or after the procedure. Usually transfusion is needed when the patient clinical symptoms and laboratory findings show a deficiency in a blood component that must be corrected urgently. Then the appropriate product and dose is transfused. ...Read more
Life Saving: Even though it may be life saving, most jehovah witnesses will still not allow the use of human products. Some may agree to the use of a cell saver or saving one's own blood for later use, when time allows. But in an emergency, it comes down to faith and personal belief. A personal choice should always trump medical decisions, regardless of possible outcome. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Surely: If a stroke patient has active bleeding or possesses a blood dyscrasia, transfusions might be indicated, and there is really no contra-indication. In some cases of intracranial bleeding, when an individual has been taking an anticoagulant, a platelet transfusion might be useful. ...Read more
Do doctors just have to let patient die if they blood transfusions and need it to save their life?
Since aps seems to be the opposite of hemophilia would a blood transfusion from an aps sufferer help a patient with hemophilia?
Blood and Fe loading: It's impossible to get blood transfusions and not have the iron accumulate, unless someone is having ongoing bleeding (which then makes you lose iron). There are several iron-removing (or chelating) drugs available now, like Desferal (which is given IV or subcutaneously) and Exjade (which is given orally). These are very effective at removing iron if the patient is compliant with taking them. ...Read more
Is blood transfusion really needed right away for a 86 years old patient with creatinine level of 3.6 and hemoglobin of 61?
Blood transfusion?: If the patient is hypotensive and has a rapid heart rate, a blood transfusion is mandatory. A hemoglobin (h) of 6.1 is about 30% that of a normal h of. Unless the patient is in hospice care, the patient, or the patient's family, should be offered the option of a blood transfusion to elevate the h to a level > than 10 gm/dl. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Is it possible that after a while a sickle cell patient body starts rejecting blood transfusions?
Not really: There's no such thing as "rejecting" blood transfusion. Very rarely, someone can have a severe allergic reaction to transfused blood, with hemolysis (which as a sickle patient you may know a lot about). But this is exactly what blood typing is designed to prevent. If you think transfusions aren't boosting your hematocrit or hemoglobin as much as in the past, discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more
Today I saw a patient with jaundice she developed it only one day after blood transfusion so what are the causes? Could it be haemolysis? ?
Probably: Most likely this is indeed hemolysis. It's usually but not always possible to pick up sensitivity to donor blood by a recipient; the Kidd blood group antibodies are expecially treacherous here. There are a variety of other causes of jaundice, including liver disease and bile duct obstruction. Blood transfusion saves many lives but the risks must always be weighed against benefits. ...Read more
Can a patient with ongoing blood transfusion be extracted with blood to be tested for Blood Urea Nitrogen?
Of course: And results are basically valid. BUN is unlikely to be much elevated in infused blood as it's taken from healthy folks. ...Read more
My daughter is a beta thalassaemia major patient & taking regular blood transfusion for 10 yrs. Now she has hep c type 4 &viral load is 133964. Cure?
Don't rush: Young people tend to have fairly slow progression of liver damage wit hepatitis c. The pace of new drug development over the next 5-10 years will transform this disease. Get informed. Follow sophisticated websites like natap. Org for the latest clinical trial data. Today, treatment of hcv in people like your child is complicated, but we will have easier to tolerate regimens in genotype 4 in 2-4 y. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a blood transfusion on Tuesday April 28th. I tried to schedule follow up with PCP that's on insurance card but they say they're not accepting new patients, so I have yet to have a follow up. I noticed that my eyes are yellow should I go back to the
Needs evaluation: Why did you need a transfusion? That information, the fact that you had a transfusion, and the yellowing of your eyes suggest possible liver dysfunction. You need to talk your way into your PCP office or at least find a community clinic or ER that can evaluate your condition. Don't delay on this. ...Read more
How can we increase the platelets count (no blood transfusion) in a cancer patient? Are there any natural solutions (food, vitamin complex etc)? Thx
Watch: Could be either a reaction, an inflammatory response of your body or else just watch if low graded & transient is ok. If persist get your doctor. ...Read more
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