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Can I donate blood for my preemie if he needs it?

Can I donate blood for my preemie if he needs it?

Often yes: Premature infants often may need a blood transfusion. Sources of blood are banked blood, or donated for your infant. Mom may not be able to donate for several months after delivery due to the loss during delivery, but dad or friends can donate if they have compatible blood. Of note banked blood is statistically safer than directed donation, because family may feel pressure, even if risk factors. ...Read more

Dr. Cindy Juster
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Premature Baby (Definition)

Any newborn infant with a gestational age of less 37 weeks- since most pregnancies other than in vitro fertilization cannot determine exact dates of conception, several methods such as early ultrasound, last menstrual period, and the Ballard gestational assessment can ...Read more


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Should i be concerned? My 2 year old is constantly sick even after being on antibiotics, she had to have a blood transfusion 3 months ago because her hemoglobin was at a 5 but every time i take her to her doctor he says she has a virus and it will go away

Should i be concerned? My 2 year old is constantly sick even after being on antibiotics, she had to have a blood transfusion 3 months ago because her hemoglobin was at a 5 but every time i take her to her doctor he says she has a virus and it will go away

It : It is not clear to me what is causing her anemia and need for a blood transfusion. That is a very rare situation for a two year old. Asking her hematologist (blood specialist) what is causing that may be helpful. An immunology specialist may be able to advise on why she is always getting sick. But starting with her hematologist would be the best advice. ...Read more

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I want to give my kidney to my mother because she needs it and I concern that I my be rejected because I have high blood pressure and she really needs?

I want to give my kidney to my mother because she needs it and I concern that I my be rejected because I have high blood pressure and she really needs?

Donor: You may be right. If a potential donut has HTN they have risk from donation. Certain donor maybe a candidate based on their history, but in general you may not be a candidate. Is your mother listed at a transplant center? Are there other family members. She may be a candidate for decreased donor. Best of luck ...Read more

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If i do a blood pressure log for dad how often should he get it checked for his low blood pressure?

If i do a blood pressure log for dad  how often should he get it checked for his low blood pressure?

Few times: Few times a week, different times in the day and with symptoms, not otherwise explained, such as headache, chest pain, blurred vision, etc. The technique and timing, allowing for the blood pressure to settle, are very important. ...Read more

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HELLO I HAVE A RELATIVE COMING FROM MEXICO AND SHE NEEDS OXYGEN WHEN SHE SLEEPS, HOW WILL I BE ABLE TO FILL IT WHEN SHE NNEDS IT OR GET HER A NEW ONE?

HELLO I HAVE A RELATIVE COMING FROM MEXICO AND SHE NEEDS OXYGEN WHEN SHE SLEEPS, HOW WILL I BE ABLE TO FILL IT WHEN SHE NNEDS IT OR GET HER A NEW ONE?

Oxygen therapy: Contact the social service department at your local hospital and they should be able to help you obtain continuing care for your relative. Hopefully your relative will bring pertinent medical records with her. ...Read more

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My dad is stubborn and he thinks he has a kidney infection and he's had it for like three weeks what can happen if he doesn't have it taken care of?

My dad is stubborn and he thinks he has a kidney infection and he's had it for like three weeks what can happen if he doesn't have it taken care of?

See a doctor: Untreated urinary tract infection can cause significant systemic ( symptoms involving several parts of the body) illness. Best to see the doctor for examination, appropriate tests and treatment. ...Read more

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How worried should I be when told my mum has jaundice but that's all she knows and she needs more blood tests. Should i be worried?

How worried should I be when told my mum has jaundice but that's all she knows and she needs more blood tests. Should i be worried?

Jaundice: Yellow discoloration of the skin and eyes is a consequence of elevation in the blood of a substance called bilirubin. It can increase due to blocked bile ducts from gallstones, strictures, infection, tumor. Jaundice can also occur from liver infection like hepatitis, or other liver diseases that destroy the liver cells. Tumors of the liver, bile system, or pancreas can also raise the bilirubin. ...Read more

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Can a person donate blood if he has got permanent tatoo done if not why?

Can a person donate blood if he has got permanent tatoo done if not why?

Yes: I do not think a tattoo is a reason to reject your blood. Hepatitis and HIV are. If you did not get these with your tattoo it should be safe. Double check with the blood bank that's taking your blood to make sure. ...Read more

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My dad needs a kidney transplant and he asked me. Am I an automatic match since im his child or is it possible I can't do it?

My dad needs a kidney transplant and he asked me. Am I an automatic match since im his child or is it possible I can't do it?

Not necessarily: There are two issues when matching for organ transplantation: blood group matching and hla matching (immune compatibility). As is the case with blood transfusions, blood types generally need to be matched for successful transplantation to take place. Although there are some centers that will perform transplants despite mismatched blood types, these are more prone to reject. ...Read more

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I am a nursing student. My patient had an INR of 1.2 so he was put on heparin. Do you know what may have caused his INR to be that low?

I am a nursing student. My patient had an INR of 1.2 so he was put on heparin. Do you know what may have caused his INR to be that low?

Nothing, because...: If nothing is going on, a person will have a normal inr, which is 0.8-1.2. The inr gets higher when a person is put on medication to become anticoagulated. ...Read more

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Can I sell my child's cord blood to someone needs it.

Can I sell my child's cord blood to someone needs it.

Doubt it: I believe there are federal laws that prevent selling of biological materials like the cord blood.Many cord blood banks pay for the acquisition and processing of this material to make it available for anyone who needs it, at cost. If you paid to have your kids processed & stored it is yours,but rules that cover body parts like kidneys would likely prohibit such sales.You might be able to donate it ...Read more

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My son is 9, he has low blood pressure and is very pale. He has headaches everyday, what could it be? His pediatrician wants him to see a neurologist asap & sent for blood work. Should i be worried?

My son is 9, he has low blood pressure and is very pale. He has headaches everyday, what could it be?  His pediatrician wants him to see a neurologist asap & sent for blood work. Should i be worried?

Not to worry: I advise not being worried until you have all the information. The paleness may be anemia. We always want to make sure a patient not having a brain problem when headaches are involved-hence neurology. Your pediatrician is concerned...Worrying stresses you out because we imagine worse things than might be happening. Your best defense right now is to pray and not worry. Things always work out. ...Read more

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When my daughter was born she had a stroke in me they gave her a reservoir and it not used i need to find someone that will remove it causes seizures?

When my daughter was born she had a stroke in me they gave her a reservoir and it not used i need to find someone that will remove it causes seizures?

Pediatric neurolo-: Gists & neurosurgeons like those at primary children's in slc would need to review your daughter's medical records, including copies of all mri's of the brain & eeg's ( not just the reports), head & body growth charts, results of genetic & other lab tests, developmental/academic testing & progress reports, then evaluate her themselves to determine the benefits vs. Risks of brain surgery. ...Read more

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Child has O- blood type, heard its rare, im scared if she ever needs blood there will be a shortage of her type:( should i worry??

Child has O- blood type, heard its rare, im scared if she ever needs blood there will be a shortage of her type:( should i worry??

No/no: AB negative is the rarest blood type in the US with < or up to 1% having it based on ethnic background. O neg range is 1-8% based on ethnic background and hospitals/blood banks keep it around all the time because they can use it as basic blood in most emergency settings. ( for most types) I'd find something else to worry about, this has been covered. ...Read more

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What can I do if my father recently told me he has cancer, is there any chance it will go and he will be ok?

What can I do if my father recently told me he has cancer, is there any chance it will go and he will be ok?

Cancer is often cure: You have to be hopeful and also try to learn more about your father's cancer. Many cancers, if caught early are now curable. So find out: what type of cancer does he have? Where did it start and has it spread or was it localised to one spot only? Has it been removed? And removed completely? What is the stage of cancer and what treatments have been offered to him? His oncologist can address all of. ...Read more

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If a 2 yr old boy's testicles have not come down yet will it cause him to be sterile and when should he have surgery?

If a 2 yr old boy's testicles have not come down yet will it cause him to be sterile and when should he have surgery?

Soon: It is important to have this evaluated soon & if verified, have the testis brought down if possible. Most try to have this done between 6-12m. Undescended testis will over time have a negative effect on fertility & are known to increase difficulty of detecting testicular cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Alves
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Blood Donation (Definition)

Blood donation is the act of giving ones blood to a blood bank, so that it may be used in the future to help someone else. People with transmissible viral diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis C, are not able to donate blood, as ...Read more