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At what hemoglobin level will I need a transfusion?

At what hemoglobin level will I need a transfusion?

No definite level: This is a complex question. We would need to know what is the patient's problem. If there is no immediate surgical issue, then transfusions are given if there are symptoms like chest pain. If there is blood loss during surgery, then indications are different. At our hospital, the medical staff has said there should be no transfusions unless the hemoglobin less than 8 gm/dl.

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Is it normal for hemoglobin level to drop again 2 weeks after blood transfusion?

Is it normal for hemoglobin level to drop again 2 weeks after blood transfusion?

No: Why was blood transfusion given? The reason for the initial drop in hemoglobin may still be present.

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A couple weeks ago my hemoglobin level was a 4.9. Is that really bad? I had to get 4 blood transfusions for it.

Hemoglobin: A level of 4.9 is extremely low and would usually cause significant symptoms. Hopefully the cause of your severe anemia has been addressed.

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How long could it take for my hemoglobin level to return to its pre-surgical range if I receive a transfusion? If I didn't?

How long could it take for my hemoglobin level to return to its pre-surgical range if I receive a transfusion? If I didn't?

6-12 weeks: There are a number of variables here. First, how low was your hemoglobin when you started? Second, if you received a transfusion, what was your hemoglobin after? It takes about 90 days to cycle through your blood supply, so after 3 months, you should be back to your baseline.

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I am on Actermra for Scleritis and have 10 for my hemoglobin level, is that too low to do next infusion and when too low and need transfusion?

Hemoglobin level: Most centers will not transfuse a stable non bleeding patient with a hemoglobin over 7. Speak with your doctor if you are having symptoms due to anemia. I know Acterma can cause decreased platelets and WBC but I did not know it caused anemia too. Speak with your doctor.

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I'm a 22 year old female and I already had a blood transfusion because of my very low hemoglobin... What should I do to keep my hemoglobin level up?

I'm a 22 year old female and I already had a blood transfusion because of my very low hemoglobin... What should I do to keep my hemoglobin level up?

More info needed: You must have a talk with your physician to find out why you have low hemoglobin---excess menstrual bleeding? Blood in bowel movements? Nosebleeds? Well-rounded diet? Medications? Good luck.

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What does a 6.4 hemoglobin level mean?

What does a 6.4 hemoglobin level mean?

Blood loss: When Hgb drops below 10 gm one has to be suspicious of blood loss but can be corrected by meds such as ProCrit (epoetin alfa). When Hgb is in the 8 gm. Range transfusion necessary to bring to over 12. At 6.4 transfusion and work up for blood loss required. Can be vaginal from uterine lesion, GI from ulcer or tumor but this must be defined and corrected. Depending on symptoms appropriate physician needed.

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What do you need to do if your hemoglobin level is a 9?

What do you need to do if your hemoglobin level is a 9?

Find the reason. ...: Your doctor could investigate the underlying cause of your anemia... At age 37, iron deficiency is more common. Subsequently, appropriate treatment could be offered. In case of iron deficiency, iron tablets or intravenous iron could be prescribed. Hgb is not low enough to transfuse. Would avoid transfusions if the underlying cause could be treated.

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Should I go to the ER if my hemoglobin level is 7.5?

Should I go to the ER if my hemoglobin level is 7.5?

Go to ER.: Yes please, go to ER right away. You need to be evaluated to find out what is the cause of your anemia and also possibly need a blood transfusion.

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What is considered a low hemoglobin level in pregnancy?

What is considered a low hemoglobin level in pregnancy?

Thanks for asking!: Pregnant women with hemoglobin levels below 11.0 g/dl are generally considered anemic, though complications and symptoms from anemia during pregnancy do not usually occur until hemoglobin levels are well below 11.0 g/dl.

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What cases hemoglobin level of 10.9 hematocrit levels of 33.9 and RDW level of 15.6?

What cases hemoglobin level of 10.9 hematocrit levels of 33.9 and RDW level of 15.6?

Anemia: You have anemia. What is mcv. Most likely anemia is from blood loss and indicates iron deficiency. Can get reticulocyte count checked. Most common cause in you may be heavy menstrual flow. If that is not the case will worry about blood loss from gut and will advise check up.

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Is there such thing as a maximum level of hemoglobin level allowed for donating blood?

Is there such thing as a maximum level of hemoglobin level allowed for donating blood?

Possibly: If your hemoglobin is too high, ie greater than 17 grams/dl, the blood bank may be concerned that the person may have a chronic myeloprolferative disease. This is rare however and can be easily ruled out. Other causes include copd, high altitudes, low oxygenation, testosterone therapy, etc. In those cases, giving blood is therapeutic.

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My nephew is 3 years old and has a bad dry cough and a 9.4 hemoglobin level. Are these related?

My nephew is 3 years old and has a bad dry cough and a 9.4 hemoglobin level. Are these related?

Not related: The hemoglobin test only relates to people with long term cough problems like COPD etc. If your child has been health otherwise, the hemoglobin is not significant and unrelated. The cough should last as long as a week if it is caused by a virus. Longer than that you should see your child's doctor.

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What are good ways to boost hemoglobin level for patient suffering from end stage renal failure?

What are good ways to boost hemoglobin level for patient suffering from end stage renal failure?

Anemia and ESRD: This patient must be on dialysis. At his dialysis center, he should be receiving Epogen (epoetin alfa) to increase the hb level. There are some people that have a problem with EPO and do not raise their hb level, due to anti-epo antibodies and is rare. Other causes of no increase of hb levels are blood loss from the GI tract, hemolysis and high parathyroid hormone levels. Ask the patient's nephrologist about it.

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Can a very low hemoglobin level indicates pregnancy (even before we know if I am pregnant or not, during very early time)?

Can a very low hemoglobin level indicates pregnancy (even before we know if I am pregnant or not, during very early time)?

Hemoglobin level: Hemoglobin level simply help detect anemia. Anemia can have many cause such as iron def anemia, B12 def anemia, etc. Pregnancy also associated with low hemoglobin level due to sharing of blood between mom and the baby. Pregnancy testing by blood is the standard test for confirming pregnancy. So a very low hemoglobin level cannot accurately predict pregnancy.