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Blood Transfusions Used To Treat Lupus
Replacement: Anemia is basically a lower than normal number of red blood cells. If it is bad enough, it may be life-threatening because red cells carry oxygen to tissues. A transfusion fixes (at least temporarily) the problem by "filling the tank". Transfusions carry their own risks and are not treated lightly by doctors! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: They are certainly not a substitute for blood thinners ((e.g. Coumadin, (warfarin) pradaxa, etc.) & "natural" supplements are not regulated by the fda. Please don't do this. I had 2 patients who did against my medical advice in the past year who had strokes! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Can an ANA test or any blood test used to diagnose auto-immune diseases show all the types of lupus?
Not necessarily: Patients with systemic le will almost always have a positive ana. However, patients with lupus confined to the skin, i.e. Discoid le or scle (subacute cutaneous le)may not have a positive ana. A positive ANA by itself does not necessarily indicate sle and is seen in a number of medical conditions. The diagnosis of sle is made on the basis of historical, clinical and laboratory criteria. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood and Fe loading: It's impossible to get blood transfusions and not have the iron accumulate, unless someone is having ongoing bleeding (which then makes you lose iron). There are several iron-removing (or chelating) drugs available now, like Desferal (which is given IV or subcutaneously) and Exjade (which is given orally). These are very effective at removing iron if the patient is compliant with taking them. ...Read more
Surely: If a stroke patient has active bleeding or possesses a blood dyscrasia, transfusions might be indicated, and there is really no contra-indication. In some cases of intracranial bleeding, when an individual has been taking an anticoagulant, a platelet transfusion might be useful. ...Read more
SLE: Systemic Lupus Erethematosus is an autoimmune disease that is diagnosed by a careful history and observation of symptoms along with lab tests. A malar rash, photosensitivity, oral ulcers, renal (kidney), cardiac, or neurological disorder, joint pain, and other symptoms may point a physician towards an SLE diagnosis. Lab tests include ANA, antibodies to double stranded DNA, Cardiolipin, SSA &SSB. ...Read more
A tincture of Tino: Unfortunately in this country there isn't enough research to support such use. This botanical has anti-inflammatory properties and is used for diabetes management overseas but its effects and method of action are not well understood. Without sound evidence to support its use here, you're better off losing weight if obese, eating healthier foods and exercising. Exercise is always good medicine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many tests: There are a multitude of lab tests to detect autoimmune disorders and they can be quite confusing. A rheumatologist will order the specific tests based on his evaluation of the individual patient's signs and symptoms. ...Read more
Why are certain combinations of donor and recipient blood types not suitable for blood transfusion?
See below: Transfusing Blood Group A blood to a Blood Group B would be not suitable. You may consult this site for more info: https://www.pathology.med.umich.edu/bloodbank/manual/bb_chart/ ...Read more
Can a patient with ongoing blood transfusion be extracted with blood to be tested for Blood Urea Nitrogen?
Of course: And results are basically valid. BUN is unlikely to be much elevated in infused blood as it's taken from healthy folks. ...Read more
May be yes: I strongly believe that acupuncture can influence the course of the disease. The question is rather to be extra care full not to cause bleeding . In general acupuncture is considered ok to do with bleeding disorders or even use of Coumadin (warfarin) (blood thinner ). Still i would be cautious. I would probably suggest first to try therapeutic touch ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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