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What is blood plasma?

What is blood plasma?

Liquid part: When the formed elements (platelets, white cells, red cells) are removed but the blood has not clotted (usually because it's been prevented from clotting), we speak of plasma. ...Read more

Plasma (Definition)

It is the fluid portion of both the blood and lymph system in which the ...Read more


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So hemoglobin floats freely in the blood plasma where it imparts the red color to human blood?

So hemoglobin floats freely in the blood plasma where it imparts the red color to human blood?

Only if the...: Only if the red blood cells break apart does hemoglobin end up floating freely in the plasma. That's called hemolysis. ...Read more

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Is it ok to go ahead and donate blood/plasma if i may have a uti?

Is it ok to go ahead and donate blood/plasma if i may have a uti?

Probably not: If you have excess antibodies, they will reject you at the screening. ...Read more

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My 22 year old son was just told he has atypical antibodies in his blood/plasma. Can I have this too, and what causes it?

My 22 year old son was just told he has atypical antibodies in his blood/plasma. Can I have this too, and what causes it?

Antibodies: More information is needed. The body produces a large variety of antibodies and it is important to know which ones are being referred to as "abnormal". Antibodies are proteins made by the immune system to primarily fight off bacteria, viruses and other pathogens. ...Read more

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Does donating blood plasma lower your immune system ?

Does donating blood plasma lower your immune system ?

Not really: You have trillions of cells...we were designed to survive the occasional loss of a few (or few million). Your body compensates rapidly and replaces them. ...Read more

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Might i HIV from having my blood plasma pumped back into me while donating blood?

Might i HIV from having my blood plasma pumped back into me while donating blood?

NO, not possible!: It is your plasma, and the tubing comes as a complete system and is only used once then discarded. You cannot get a blood-transmitted disease from donating blood, plasma, or platelets. ...Read more

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Can some 1 please tell me if blood plasma level of 73 ammonia is dangerously high ? My doctor told me today it was mild but the e.R said that high....

High: It is an elevated level of ammonia that you are referring to. Whether it is dangerously high or not -- i've seen higher levels, but each level should be taken individually as some lower levels may be high enough in some folks to cause mental changes, whereas chronically elevated levels in other individuals may not produce the same symptoms just because the brain has been adapting to that. ...Read more

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Can I donate blood, plasma or bone marrow with malaria history?

Can I donate blood, plasma or bone marrow with malaria history?

How long ago?: This depends on how long ago you had malaria and whether or not you were adequately treated. If you have traveled to a region known to harbor malaria, you are deferred for 1 year. If you lived there or have been diagnosed with malaria, you are deferred for 3 years adn must remain symptom free. http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/blood_banks.html. ...Read more

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