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If my mother has lupus threw a blood transfusion does that mean I will to?

If my mother has lupus threw a blood transfusion does that mean I will to?

Lupus: Is not transmitted through blood transfusions, since it's not an infectious disease. It will increase your chance of developing lupus if your mom had it. ...Read more

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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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Does blood trasfusion cure lupus?

Does blood trasfusion cure lupus?

No: No, its an immune problem, and you need immune modulators to treat it. ...Read more

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How can you treat persistent low hemoglobin counts following chemotherapy, other than blood transfusion?

Not many: Your heme-onc dr is an expert in this, and should have discussed (or tried) a gmcsf injection to stimulate your body's red blood cell production. But, many cancer pts do not respond to it--either due to the nature of the cancer or the treatment or both. If not amenable to induction of production, then will need transfusion every so many weeks. I see many pts who do this, and once used to it are ok. ...Read more

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How to treat Hepatitis B? I've got blood transfusion and they detected hep B in it. They couldn't test it earlier because it was emergency.

How to treat Hepatitis B? I've got blood transfusion and they detected hep B in it. They couldn't test it earlier because it was emergency.

Need more info: More than 80% of the patients with hepatitis B infection recover on their own and eliminate the virus and are none the worse for it. You may wish to get tested in about six months to see if you have active infection or have recovered. God forbid you have chronic infection, it can be treated.
Wish you good health. ...Read more

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If mds can be treated by EPO why use of blood transfusion. Does mds with low risk turn high risk? Can mds remain as diagnosed initialy with no progres

If mds can be treated by EPO why use of blood transfusion. Does mds with low risk turn high risk? Can mds remain as diagnosed initialy with no progres

Epo: If hb is low enough -say- less than 7-8- or one is symptomatic- blood transfusion would likely be needed and would be more beneficial than epo- as sometimes it takes a while - needing a few injections-before you get better. If the hb is stable around 9 and no symptoms- I would do EPO only and see. Yes mild mds can progress to high risk/leukemia. Yes, it can remains as low mds for a while. Need f/u. ...Read more

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My grandfather is 93 yr old is having low hgb level 8.7. Possible some type of cancer going on but will not investigate because at this age will not treat. Is this the end? Doing blood transfusion today should I be preparing for the worst. Was in hospita

My grandfather is 93 yr old is having low hgb level 8.7. Possible some type of cancer going on but will not investigate because at this age will not treat. Is this the end? Doing blood transfusion today should I be preparing for the worst. Was in hospita

Hematologist can hel: Good supportive care is quite effective to maintain the quality of his life. If your current doctor does not take a positive approach seek consultation with a Hematologist (Blood specialist). They should definitely investigate the cause of his Anemia as it may be treatable with medicines which work well for Bone marrow diseases like MDS, common in older age individuals. ...Read more

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My baby might need a blood transfusion but i’m a jehovah’s witness. I don’t know what to do.?

My baby might need a blood transfusion but i’m a jehovah’s witness. I don’t know what to do.?

Call the JW: In our hospital we have a good relationship with jehovah's witnesses. They have specially trained people that will advise you about blood transfusion and the ways that you can sometimes get around having to have a blood transfusion. These specialists will work with your doctor or hospital so that you and they are informed. I would rely on your specialists in your faith. ...Read more

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Can blood stored from a newborn umbilical cord be used in a blood transfusion for his cousin?

Can blood stored from a newborn umbilical cord be used in a blood transfusion for his cousin?

Not rally: Cord blood is kept for the aquisition of stem cells. It is easy to find matching packed rbcs from the general pool for his cousin. ...Read more

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Can blood transfusion change behavior?

What do you mean?: An you elaborate? In general, no, it can't. ...Read more

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How does a white blood transfusion work?

Rare: It is rare to have a white blood cell transfusion. White blood cells only live in the blood stream for a few hours and transfusions of white blood cells are more likely to cause fever. If you have low white blood cells, you are usually given a medication that stimulates production of white blood cells by your bone marrow. ...Read more

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How can a body reject a blood transfusion?

How can a body reject a blood transfusion?

Antibodies: Antibodies are produced by the body to defend against "foreign" substances, such as bacteria, viruses or cells from another person and generally circulate in the blood. If transfused red blood cells have structures on their surface that are different than those on your own red cells, the body may unleash this army of antibodies to attack and kill transfused cells. ...Read more

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Need I get tested after a blood transfusion?

Need I get tested after a blood transfusion?

Maybe: The only test the physician may want is a CBC to follow the level of hemoglobin after the transfusion. Or if the patient develops a possible reaction due to the transfusion itself, like hemolysis or bacterial contamination. ...Read more

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What medicine should be given before blood transfusion?

What medicine should be given before blood transfusion?

None "required": Many practitioners will give tylenol (acetaminophen) & Benadryl dose prior to transfusion, to reduce chance of low grade temperature or minor incompatibility reaction--but this is not necessary/essential. ...Read more

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Should I be worried at all about getting a blood transfusion?

Should I be worried at all about getting a blood transfusion?

No.: There is always a risk of complications no matter what you do, but if you have to get something like a blood transfusion, it is better to get it than not get it and have another outcome. This is done by well trained staff who are prepared for all known issues associated with this. If there is a real problem, like a transfusion reaction, it can at least be stopped, and many meds can be given. ...Read more

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Can you explain to me the blood transfusion allergic reactions?

Can you explain to me the blood transfusion allergic reactions?

Immunologic: Causes for transfusion allergic reactions are immune related and depending on the severity can be mild (hives, urticaria, rash) to severe anaphylaxis and shock (hypotension, respiratory obstruction)
These can be from allergens present in the transfused unit or substances like cytokines in the blood product that may activate the recipient's immunologic system. ...Read more

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In what way can we check blood transfusion reactions during blood transfusion?

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In what way can we check blood transfusion reactions during blood transfusion?

Evaluation: Combination of clinical examination (listen to complaints, examining the patients etc), blood works, and imaging study (like cxr) are used to check transfusion reaction. ...Read more

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Who cannot get blood transfusions?

Who cannot get blood transfusions?

Blood transfusions: Jehovah's Witnesses are one group that issues with accepting blood products. ...Read more

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What is a blood transfusion reaction?

What is a blood transfusion reaction?

Many things: The person receiving blood may react to the blood or the tranfusion process. This may be as simple as fever or rash, or may involve antibodies reacting to proteins in the blood being transfused. ...Read more

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Do you know are blood transfusions dangerous?

Do you know are blood transfusions dangerous?

Mostly no: A properly done blood transfusion is not dangerous. There are possibilities of problems, but they are rare and it is best to ask about them before you sign the consent form to receive blood. ...Read more

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Do you know are blood transfusions still iffy?

Do you know are blood transfusions still iffy?

They are not: For a low Hgb count erytropoietin drugs can restore the hemoglobin. In surgical patients if the blood loss is significant and transfusions not used to replace the missing blood, many complications can develop. The count should always be above 8 gms. Minimal. Without necessary transfusions, cardiac failure can result and kidney and other organ problems can set in post surgery. ...Read more

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What does the filter in a blood transfusion do?

Remove debris: Filters will remove cellular debris, small or microscopic clots. They should be used for all transfusions although there are different types depending on what is being transfused. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how blood transfusions go wrong?

Can you tell me how blood transfusions go wrong?

Multiple ways: The most serious of the untoward events occurs with transfusion with red cells mis-matched for ABO blood groups resulting in intravascular hemolysis. Others are volume overload, allergic reactions, febrile reaction, transmission of infections, e. g. HIV, hepatitis, lung injury and immune suppression. ...Read more

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Is your blood type important for a blood transfusion?

Yes,,,: Your blood type and antibody panel are of primary importance for a blood transfusion because that's how transfusion reactions are avoided in the majority of cases. ...Read more

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What are the common side effects of a blood transfusion?

What are the common side effects of a blood transfusion?

Common are trivial: We pathologists run the blood bank and are always enouraging prudent and sparing use of our product. There's a few percent chance you'll get the sneezies and/or the itchies, a bit less that you'll get a mild fever. The very serious side effects are much less common. The one that's most worrisome is lung damage from donor antibodies -- less now that we use donors less likely to have them. ...Read more

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What are mild side effects of having a blood transfusion?

Many: "mild" side effects can include fever during the transfusion. Most other side effects I would not consider mild and can include both hemolytic and non-hemolytic transfusion reactions, viral or bacterial infections, transfusion related lung injury, temporary suppression of the immune system among others. ...Read more