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Blood Transfusions Used To Treat Lupus
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
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
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
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
Mom 50 diagnosed with Stg 4 lung cancer just had stroke, Dr say ttp. Doin blood transfusion. Life expectancy? What is going on? One chemo treat recently
No way to tell: The best source for prognostication is her oncologist. This totally depends how she responds to treatment ...Read more
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
I had to have 2 blood transfusions in December '16 after a surgery. Since then I can't take hardly any of the medicines I used to take without getting violently ill. Could the Blood Transfusions have something to do with all of this? Thank you!
No: Blood transfusion does not cause difficulty to take your medicine, see your doctor to be evaluated to find the cause so be treated. ...Read more
What country was the first to test blood used for blood transfusions for aids at the beginning of the epidemic?
U.K.: The united kingdom began testing the blood supply in october, 1985. ...Read more
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
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
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
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