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Are there risks for patients receiving blood transfusions?

Are there risks for patients receiving blood transfusions?

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. ...Read more

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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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Why are certain combinations of donor and recipient blood types not suitable for blood transfusion?

Why are certain combinations of donor and recipient blood types not suitable for blood transfusion?

See below: Transfusing Blood Group A blood to a Blood Group B would be not suitable. You may consult this site for more info: https://www.pathology.med.umich.edu/bloodbank/manual/bb_chart/ ...Read more

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Are blood transfusions common for preemies?

Are blood transfusions common for preemies?

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. ...Read more

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What blood types are most desired for plasma donation?

What blood types are most desired for plasma donation?

All ok: If only the plasma is being transfused from a donor to a recipient, and absolutely no red blood cells, then blood type is not significant. Blood types only refer to the red blood cells; the bone marrow also produces platelets and white blood cells. The serum or plasma is the clear yellow fluid part of the blood. ...Read more

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Are blood transfusions safe?

Are blood transfusions safe?

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. ...Read more

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Are blood transfusions after delivery be safe for someone with alpha thalassemia trait?

Are blood transfusions after delivery be safe for someone with alpha thalassemia trait?

Safe if necessary: Blood transfusions are given only when necessary especially in the younger population or blood disorders. Transfusions are necessary for major bleeding resulting in shock, low blood pressures, or continued blood loss. All transfusions are screened and safe but there is always a 1-3% risk of a clerical error. Pts. With blood disorders face increased risk of blood transfusion reactions. ...Read more

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What alternatives are there to blood transfusions?

What alternatives are there to blood transfusions?

Volume replacement,,: In those cases where blood transfusion is not chosen, there are alternatives. Blood substitutes are not available, but are being developed. Volume expansion, like normal saline, is another avenue, for those who do not accept regular transfusions, like jehovah's witnesses. Hemodilution, intra-op. Blood salvage, plasmapheresis, epoetin, and fractionation of rbc, wbc, ptl, and plasma are others. ...Read more

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What are some cardiovascular risks after receiving anasthesia?

What are some cardiovascular risks after receiving anasthesia?

Abnormal heart: rhythm or arrythmias can occur. Make sure you speak to the anesthesiologist about any procedures before proceeding ahead, as you are on some hefty medications, and need your high blood pressure controlled when undergoing any procedure. ...Read more

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Are there any risks associated with undergoing kidney dialysis treatment?

Are there any risks associated with undergoing kidney dialysis treatment?

Yes, but few options: If a person with End Stage Renal Failure does NOT have dialysis or a transplant, they will die. So any risks pale in comparison to that! But yes, people can have infections or other problems with their dialysis sites, they may have blood pressure swings, muscle cramps, and a variety of other problems. Again, these are manageable. Transplant, when available, is a good choice, but not without risk. ...Read more

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What are risks now from blood transfusion?

What are risks now from blood transfusion?

Depends on lifestyle: The risk of aquiring an infection depends on the donor's health condition, and what behaviors he/she engaged in. This is why people are screened before they donate blood. They are checked for temperature, amount of iron, asked questions about general health, and have blood pressure taken. The blood is even screened after donation for things like hiv. Anyone with higher risk cannot donate. ...Read more

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Are there risks with a maxalon infusion?

Are there risks with a maxalon infusion?

Tardive dyskinesia: The major risk is tardive dyskinesia. This is a disorder of involuntary movements, especially in the face. ...Read more

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What are possible risks from multiple small incompatible blood transfusions?

What are possible risks from multiple small incompatible blood transfusions?

Irrelevant: Why would you get multiple incompatible transfusions? No self-respecting blood bank would give you even one incompatible transfusion. ...Read more

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People have anti-rejection drugs for organ replacement why can't you have the same for blood transfusions?

People have anti-rejection drugs for organ replacement why can't you have the same for blood transfusions?

It's not necessary: Rejection of a blood transfusion is called a "transfusion reaction." blood banks can almost always find a donor blood product which won't cause a reaction so anti-rejection drugs are usually not required. ...Read more

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Why are blood types important in transfusions?

Why are blood types important in transfusions?

Hemocoagulation: Giving the wrong blood type to someone can result in destruction of the new blood, a simplified rejection. A recipient b blood type has antibodies against a so if a blood is transfused into the patient, the anti-a will destroy the new a marked blood cells. ...Read more

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Why are patients in hemodialysis at risk for hepatitis b infection?

Why are patients in hemodialysis at risk for hepatitis b infection?

Increased risk: Dialysis patients are at increased risk of contracting hepatitis b due to the fact that the virus can survive on environmental surfaces. Patients with hep b that are dialyzed on the same machine that people without hep b can cause this but this is not commonly done any more because of the increased risk. ...Read more

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Are there any health benefits to being a blood or platelet donor?

Are there any health benefits to being a blood or platelet donor?

Blood donation: THere are some people with blood disorders for which it is necessary to do frequent phlebotomy (blood drawing). However, for normal people, I think the only health benefit of blood product donation is psychological. Knowing this relatively small thing can be life saving can be quite gratifying! ...Read more

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Why are AB blood types universal receivers and O blood types are universal donors?

Why are AB blood types universal receivers and O blood types are universal donors?

Antigens, antibodies: Blood group O cells lack antigens, therefore these can be given to all people (with plenty of exceptions) AB blood group people do not have antibodies to red cells and can receive any type of blood. Consult this site for more info: http://www.rch.org.au/bloodtrans/about_blood_products/Blood_Groups_and_Compatibilities/ For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What are the complications from blood transfusions?

What are the complications from blood transfusions?

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). ...Read more

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Are there any side effects or risks to treatment of sickle cell anemia?

Are there any side effects or risks to treatment of sickle cell anemia?

Which treatment: There are many treatments for sickle cell. I will discuss one. Doctors are studying the long-term effects of Hydroxyurea on people who have sickle cell anemia. Studies in very young children have shown that Hydroxyurea can be given safely and that it improves anemia and Hemoglobin F levels while reducing complications of sickle cell anemia. ...Read more

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Are there any treatments for a patient with microcytic normochromic anemia?

Are there any  treatments for a patient with microcytic normochromic anemia?

Maybe: It all depends upon finding the cause- then treatment can be formulated. How important this is depends upon the severity of the anemia and all of your other medical conditions. There are many potential causes of this from early iron deficiency to drug effects to inflammation hidden or otherwise- you should be seeing a hematologist. ...Read more

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Are there risks for patients receiving blood transfusions?

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. ...Read more

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Can they give blood transfusions to stroke patients when first receiving emergency care?

Can they give blood transfusions to stroke patients when first receiving emergency care?

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

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Could they give blood transfusions to stroke patients when first receiving emergency care?

Could they give blood transfusions to stroke patients when first receiving emergency care?

Perhaps: Blood transfusions may be needed with severe anemias, or active bleeding, and may be required in some complex co-morbidities associated with stroke, but the more common infusion is t-pa, thromboplastin activator to reverse the stroke. ...Read more

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What is the procedure for a patient who is going to have a blood transfusion?

What is the procedure for a patient who is going to have a blood transfusion?

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

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Explain the rationale for administering a blood transfusion to jehovah witness patient.?

Explain the rationale for administering a blood transfusion to jehovah witness patient.?

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 more

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Could they give blood transfusions to stroke patients?

Could they give blood transfusions to stroke patients?

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

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Is packed cell blood transfusion help for thalassemia patient?

Is packed cell blood transfusion help for thalassemia patient?

Thalasemia: If indicated -i.e. Significant symptomatic anemia - blood transfusion is given to patient with thalassemia major. Iron cheating agents should be considered if one receives multiple blood transfusion . Pls discuss further in detail with your pediatric hematologist. ...Read more

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Do doctors just have to let patient die if they blood transfusions and need it to save their life?

See below: Transfusions are important treatments in people who require blood products. Sometimes patients may refuse these treatments, or the may become futile. ...Read more

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How can patients receive blood transfusions without an iron overload?

How can patients receive blood transfusions without an iron overload?

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

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Is blood transfusion really needed right away for a 86 years old patient with creatinine level of 3.6 and hemoglobin of 61?

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 more

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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 more

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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

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

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How can we increase the platelets count (no blood transfusion) in a cancer patient? Are there any natural solutions (food, vitamin complex etc)? Thx

How can we increase the platelets count (no blood transfusion) in a cancer patient? Are there any natural solutions (food, vitamin complex etc)? Thx

Intravenous water : Soluble vitamins can do it. Linus pauling worked with a scottish physician and found that large doses of vitamin c helped cancer patients. I/v vit c gets higher concentrations. Trouble is that vitamin therapy has not yet become an accepted approach. ...Read more

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After receiving a blood transfusion and developing a fever, what do you do?

After receiving a blood transfusion and developing a fever, what do you do?

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