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Doctor insights on: Blood Plasma

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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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What does blood plasma do in the body?

What does blood plasma do in the body?

Blood Plasma: Is the liquid component of blood. It carries blood cells and other important components (e.g. hormones) throughout the body via the circulatory system. It also helps maintain blood pressure. Read more

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What do doctors do with blood plasma donations?

What do doctors do with blood plasma donations?

Many things: Plasma is generally stored frozen and is good for a year to be given to patients for severe blood loss, and TTP. It may also be processed into components, e.g. gamma globulins and albumin. Some coagulation factors may be extracted in concentrated form to be given to patients with deficiencies. 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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Creatinine urine is 141.7, creatine blood plasma is 4?

Creatinine urine is 141.7, creatine blood plasma is 4?

See nephrologist: 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, plasma creatinine of 4 is indication of kidney damage and you should consult a kidney doctor, nephrologist, at your earliest. 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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How long after receiving blood plasma (during routine back surgery) could I come down with Lyme if plasma was infected with lyme?

How long after receiving blood plasma (during routine back surgery) could I come down with Lyme if plasma was infected with lyme?

As soon as 2 days: When people are bitten by a lyme-bearing tick they can become ill with flu-like symptoms within 2 days. The same timeline should apply if infected via transfusion. No one knows how common this occurs. Many who have lyme do not know it & some who have it may have negative lab tests. The blood supply is not screened for borrelia bacteria. However, most with lyme probably feel too bad to donate blood. Read more

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Will I have to get an STD test before I can donate blood/plasma?

Will I have to get an STD test before I can donate blood/plasma?

No...however...: If you are reasonably concerned you may have an STD, then you should address that prior to donating blood. Conscientious donors are the backbone of a healthy blood supply--we need you & you need to be healthy. They do screen for some bloodborne "STDs" (hepatitis, HIV), but can't test for everything. Read more

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Can I donate blood plasma while taking Amlodipine 10mg, Losartan 100-12.5mg, and Levothyroxin 75mcg?

Can I donate blood plasma while taking Amlodipine 10mg, Losartan 100-12.5mg, and Levothyroxin 75mcg?

Donate blood: BP medications, losartan and amlodipine do not prevent you from donating blood. The Red Cross will accept you as a blood donor if you are taking thyroxine and are healthy. Check with your physician to make sure your TSH is normal. Thanks for the donation. Read more

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Blood has 4 key components: white&red cells, platelets & plasma. Is vaginal transudate made of whole blood plasma? If no, then what is transudate?

Modified plasma: Contrary to what people believe, the vagina doesn't increase secretions with arousal, instead it just decreases its usual resorption of fluid by altering the effectiveness of ion channels. The vessels draining the vagina constrict as well so reabsorption is inhibited. Essentially it is plasma, but many of the ions are absorbed. The cellular components cannot penetrate through capillaries. Read more

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Can I transmit hiv if my blood/plasma is on earrings and there's no oxygen between the ear needle and the ear clasp? It wouldn't

Can I transmit hiv if my blood/plasma is on earrings and there's no oxygen between the ear needle and the ear clasp? It wouldn't

Yes: Only if it is fresh blood and someone else pierces themselves with the earring sharp. This hasn't been recorded but would be the same as needle sharing. What's actually happening? Read more