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Do they pick a match or the right donor for a pbsc (peripheral blood stem cell) donation?

Do they pick a match or the right donor for a pbsc (peripheral blood stem cell) donation?

Yes: A person may donate peripheral blood stem cells, that can be stored frozen. The donor and recipient are matched to ensure compatibility. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Alves
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Blood Donation (Definition)

Blood donation is the act of giving ones blood to a blood bank, so that it may be used in the future to help someone else. People with transmissible viral diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis C, are not able to donate blood, as ...Read more


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My son needs paternity test 4 yrs 5mos postunmatched donor cord blood transplant? Thoughts? Buccal swab causing problems pediatric hemoc question

My son needs paternity test 4 yrs 5mos postunmatched donor cord blood transplant? Thoughts? Buccal swab causing problems pediatric hemoc question

Non blood tissue: The unrelated donor stem cell transplant prevents the use of blood cells for paternity testing of the child. Next step is usually buccal swab, but you indicate there are problems with this. Final step is a skin biopsy, but this is invasive. I would question why a buccal smear could not be done, and would repeat buccal swab before moving on to skin biopsy. ...Read more

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What changes were made since 2008 in terms of medicare, medicaid & hmo/ppo insurance reimbursements of dme, mobility, bath safety & orthopedic items?

What changes were made since 2008 in terms of medicare, medicaid & hmo/ppo insurance reimbursements of dme, mobility, bath safety & orthopedic items?

This is a great: Question and ive tried to do some searching to give a concise answer but i cannot find a study that isolates this data. If you go to cms website and drill down to search the term dme http://www.Cms.Gov/site-search/search-results.Html?Q=dme you see how hard it is to give a quick answer, ( have you read an article in hfn or elsewhere that gives this data? If so please share. ...Read more

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Dialysis patient. 1 transfusion. My antibody count was to high to be admitted to a study on stem cells. Living donor. Anyway to lower antibodies count?

Dialysis patient.   1 transfusion.  My antibody count was to high to be admitted to a study on stem cells. Living donor. Anyway to lower antibodies count?

Not really: Antibody titers increase as a reaction to the antigen. Antigens are molecules (structures) on cells that give them a unique identity -- and so give you a reference to "self" or "not-self." in this case, you are making antibodies to something that cross reacts with the stem cell study (or equivalent). You can try to calm the immune system down (this is what medications do), but it is iffy. ...Read more

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Do organ donor centers keep a big file of everyones histocompatability information?

Do organ donor centers keep a big file of everyones histocompatability information?

Yes - stored forever: Histocompatibility information about each donor and recipient is permanently stored at each transplant center and at unos (united network for organ sharing). Although the person's "tissue typing" never actually changes, techniques improve over time. This may lead to new identification, or change in the naming of the tissue type (although the tissue itself remained constant). Updating may be needed. ...Read more

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Is it ethical/legal for blood banks to cite fictional patient cases in an attempt to get donations? ie, "A dialysis patient needs your blood type..."

Is it ethical/legal for blood banks to cite fictional patient cases in an attempt to get donations? ie, "A dialysis patient needs your blood type..."

Probably not, but...: How do you know they are fictional? I don't think any false advertisement is ethical, but there is definitely a need for blood donors for everyone from cancer patients to dialysis patients to trauma patients. So thanks for donating! ...Read more

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In what way can plasma donation sites pay donors?

In what way can plasma donation sites pay donors?

Not recommended: Red Cross and many facilities in US will not accept products from pay-for-donate locations. This is due to the concern that a potential donor might not be totally honest in the history questions if seeking $$ and this could contaminate the blood supply. Volunteer donors have no motivation to not provide direct answers. ...Read more

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Why would blood count drop 5 days after femur surgery revision necessitating a blood transfusion? The patient is being bridged back onto Coumadin (warfarin)

Why would blood count drop 5 days after femur surgery revision necessitating a blood transfusion?  The patient is being bridged back onto Coumadin (warfarin)

Many possibilities: Many potential reasons. I'll enumerate:blood loss during surgery; phlebotomy or in other words frequent in-hospital blood draws; anemia of chronic disease ie inability of bone marrow to stimulate and churn out normal volume of blood components in response to life stressors as it used to. ...Read more

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The clients blood typing reveals Rh antigens what blood type would the client have Rh receptive, Rh negative , Rh resistant, Rh positive

The clients blood typing reveals Rh antigens what blood type would the client have Rh receptive, Rh negative , Rh resistant, Rh positive

Rh : Rh antigens are present in every blood. You would need to be more specific. Also, they blood type (a, b, ab, 0) is not connected/related to the rh + or rh - types; they are inherited independently. ...Read more

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Where to submit donations concerning research for tooth regeneration?

Where to submit donations concerning research for tooth regeneration?

None that I know of: Dude what are you asking about? I see your condition is stating suicide, are you looking to commit some type of harm to yourself and hope that if you leave your teeth to a study on tooth regeneration all would be forgiven by the people around you? Let me tell you something, people who know you and care about you will not forgive you because you did "such a noble deed". Call someone now! ...Read more

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What are the differences between a public umbilical cord blood bank and a private umbilical cord blood bank?

What are the differences between a public umbilical cord blood bank and a private umbilical cord blood bank?

Interesting question: I have never been asked this during my time in private practice. I enjoyed researching the answer and felt this was the most informative article. http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/features/banking-your-babys-cord-blood ...Read more

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77y with cll, developped dvt, existing trombs in art. Ankle area. Can the patient receive clexane? Platelets 90- 100.

77y with cll, developped dvt, existing trombs in art. Ankle area. Can the patient receive clexane? Platelets 90- 100.

Yes: Celexane is enoxaparin, a low molecular weight Heparin used for anticoagulation, and is totally appropriate for dvt, as well as adjunct treatment for arterial thrombosis (following a decision for revascularization). ...Read more

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Hemoglobin 12.1 g/dl, hematrocrit 36% . Redblood cell distribution width 16.1%. MCV 81 fl. Can someone tell me if these numbers are ok?

Hemoglobin 12.1 g/dl,  hematrocrit 36% . Redblood cell distribution width 16.1%.   MCV 81 fl. Can someone tell me if these numbers are ok?

Low hemoglobin: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, for a male your hemoglobin is low and you need to be checked out for blood loss and/or mal-absorption. Please consult your doctor for that. ...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/should someone on medication for high blood pressure join the army or persue a career on law enforcement?

Could/should someone on medication for high blood pressure join the army or persue a career on law enforcement?

Possible problem: http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/heart.htm. "current or history of hypertensive vascular disease is disqualifying. Elevated blood pressure defined as the average of three consecutive sitting blood pressure measurements separated by at least 10 minutes, diastolic greater than 90 mmhg or three consecutive systolic pressure measurements greater than 140 mmhg is disqualifying.". ...Read more

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What states permit blood donation under age 17 with parental consent?

What states permit blood donation under age 17 with parental consent?

Most states do: As of 2011, 41 states allowed 16 year old blood donors with parental permission. To determine whether your state allows such donations, go the the web site for american red cross (http://www.Redcrossblood.Org/students/information-parents/information-student-athletes). ...Read more

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Ocd focus on hems, hem blood on barefoot.Erp therapy requires iooking at hem photos.Idea where to find medical pics of them online?Intrnet reslts iffy.

OCD and Exposure Tx: I'm not sure where you are searching, but just doing a quick google image search for hemorrhoids brings up a lot of fairly graphic photos. Exposure / response prevention therapy is most effective when working with a therapist who guides you through it and tailors the treatment to your particular situation. I would not recommend a "do it yourself" approach. ...Read more

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When donating a kidney, what is the blood type that is universal? Explain the different blood types for donating. Ex: Rh can donate to a+ etc...

When donating a kidney, what is the blood type that is universal? Explain the different blood types for donating. Ex: Rh can donate to a+ etc...

Blood types: Blood type o negative could be given to all people. People with ab positive type can receive any blood. Blood banks still crossmatch carefully before any blood is transfused, however. ...Read more

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Do plasma donation banks make mistakes with blood?

Do plasma donation banks make mistakes with blood?

Of course...: Everything human will have mistakes. So, the answer to the question, "Do people make mistakes?", is always yes. The real question is, "How likely would a mistake be in this particular situation?" Fortunately, blood banks rarely make mistakes, because they use multiple safeguards, and they know a mistake can be fatal. ...Read more

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How are automated blood collection and whole blood donation different?

Apheresis: Abc (aka apheresis) uses a highly sophisticated separation/filtration process to allow specific blood components to be collected (like platelets, plasma, red blood cells) from a donor while returning the un-needed components. Whole blood donation, as its name suggests, collects all blood component parts, which will be later separated and used to care for up to 4 patients from 1 donation. ...Read more