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Can Blood Transfusions Still Transmit St Ds
Yes: All blood donated for transfusion is carefully screened for hiv, syphilis, and hepatitis b and c but it is still possible for someone to have a very early infection and the tests are negative, but the blood has virus in it. Modern tests for HIV turn positive about 12 days after exposure. You cannot get gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes or hpv from a blood transfusion. ...Read more
STD and blood tx: Yes, HIV is one of std and can be transmitted through blood transfusion as well as contact with body fluids. In, secondary syphilis, spirochetes can be found in blood and can be transmitted through blood transfusion. Hepatitis c also can be transmitted through blood transfusion. ...Read more
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
I had a blood transfusion due to low hemoglobin. My iron level was 6 and is now 9 after two units. I still feel weak and really tired after 3 days?
Of course you do: You are still seriously anemic. Be proactive. Insist on an explanation of how you got this sick and what wil be done to restore you to health. If you have a bleeding stomach ulcer, what will be done? If you have hemolysis, what is the cause? G6PD status? Were you malnourished? You deserve a full explanation. ...Read more
I've been bleeding heavy and having big clots for a month. I'm still very weak and still bleeding and clotting a lot. Do I need a blood transfusion?
Get checked: A simple blood test will tell you if you are anemic and how severe it is (a CBC or "blood count" to measure your hemoglobin). Women with ongoing bleeding should take supplemental iron to help regenerate blood. It's not likely to require a transfusion from heavy periods and ongoing bleeding. More important is getting checked to find out why you are bleeding so heavily. Please see a gynecologist. ...Read more
After a blood transfusion, and you end up with hepatitis c, is it possible to still have it even if you don't show symptoms after 22 years?
Is it possible to still be anemic? I had blood transfusions acouple months ago, but lately I'm pale, fatigue & tired all the time. And I take iron.
Possible: What is the cause of your anemia. If the anemia is caused by heavy menses and this problem has not been addresses, yes, you are going to be anemic again. The blood cell from the transfusion will only last 3-4 months in your body - sometimes shorter- depending on the age of the pack blood cells given to you. You need to see your md and find out the cause of anemia. If this is due to menses- see gyn. ...Read more
Is 9.4 Hemoglobin still low? (2 weeks ago needed 3 emergency blood transfusions due to major blood loss from Gastrointest. Hemorrhage w/melena).
Not really.: 9.4 is low but it's not " Too"' low. More important is whether you are having symptoms of anemia (heart racing, low blood pressure, short of breath, etc). Your blood count should increase unless you are still bleeding internally. Did they find a source?? Follow with your GI Doc. You will need scopes if not already done If the returns go to ER ...Read more
My child tested neg. For alpha thalassemia during her newborn screening but pos. Mths after a blood transfusion? Was the donor's blood still present?
Repeat it: There's always the possibility of lab error. If this is important, please do retest. ...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 don't know but: The vast majority of countries do test these days. The easy answer is, the poorer the country, the less the blood supply is trust worthy. Here is some info on the countries at risk: http://www. Pepfar. Gov/progress/76858.Htm. ...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
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
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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