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Is it possible to contract herpes from a blood transfusion?

Is it possible to contract herpes from a blood transfusion?

No: This has never been reported. Both species of herpes are quite common, but don't seem to get into units of blood, or if they do, the antibodies that people have who already have herpes of the skin neutralize them. There are serious risks to transfusions but this isn't one of them. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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I am having cold sores (herpes simplex 1) from a blood transfusion as an infant in 1980?

I am having cold sores (herpes simplex 1) from a blood transfusion as an infant in 1980?

Other sources: 80-90% of all adults are positive for the antibodies against herpes simplex 1, meaning they have had an active infection sometime in the past. Given these really high numbers for the general population, one does not need to invoke that a blood transfusion that happened as an infant was the cause. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to get a blood transfusion?

How dangerous is it to get a blood transfusion?

65 death in 2012: Acute reactions include: hemolytic;febrile, non-hemolytic;bacterial contamination;allergic / anaphylaxis; ransfusion-related acute lung injury (trali) transfusion-associated circulatory overload (taco) chronic reactions include: hemolytic; transfusion associated graft vs. Host disease (ta-gvhd);platelet refractoriness;post transfusion purpura;infectious disease;iron overload. ...Read more

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How safe is it for a person to get a blood transfusion?

How safe is it for a person to get a blood transfusion?

Relatively: If you really need blood, worth the risk. The greatest danger is lung damage, which is thankfully only a real problem in 1 person out of about 5000; most folks recover. Fatal type mismatches are rare today. Hives and fever are nuisances but fairly common. Blood is screened for hepatitis b and c, HIV 1 and 2, and several other viruses using 21st century technology and the risk is extremely low. ...Read more

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Would you get leukemia from a blood transfusion?

Would you get leukemia from a blood transfusion?

No: There may be extremly rare exceptions but a variety of reasons prevent this from happening including the careful screening of blood, the difference in the make up of individuals, the refrigerated storage of blood, use of leuko depletion to removed white blood cells, etc. ...Read more

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Can I get toxoplasmosis through blood transfusion?

Can I get toxoplasmosis through blood transfusion?

Environmental likely: This is likely aquired through your environment, particularly when dealing with cats. Since they pass it out with their feces, it can be aquired through outdoor exposure, especially if walking barefoot. It can possibly be aquired through blood transfusion, like cmv, but more likely one has already got it and the immune system handles it. If immunosuppressed, like in aids, it can reactivate. ...Read more

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Can one suffering from pancytopenia get a blood-transfusion?

Can one suffering from pancytopenia get a blood-transfusion?

Yes: Pancytopenia means a deficiency in all three major types of blood cells - white, red, and platelets. A blood transfusion would help 1 or more of those. However, it depends on the cause of the pancytopenia. Some conditions could result in destruction of the new blood products fairly quickly. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get cellulitis from a blood transfusion?

No: Very rarely blood products are contaminated with bacteria, but it would not produce a skin infection or cellulitis. ...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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Will i need to get tested after a blood transfusion?

Will i need to get tested after a blood transfusion?

Not necessarily: Unless there is a specific concern, then there is no real need, as the blood banking system is very careful in testing the units it receives prior to release, with most infectious diseases having about an 1:1, 000, 000 risk. For more information, see: http://www.Redcrossblood.Org/hospitals/infectious-disease-testing. ...Read more

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Why shouldn't an rh- woman who hasn't had children get an rh+ blood transfusion?

Why shouldn't an rh- woman who hasn't had children get an rh+ blood transfusion?

Sensitized: She'll make antibodies against D (the main Rh antigen) and these will cross the placenta and damage Junior if he/she is Rh positive. Generally, we don't give Rh-pos blood to Rh-neg people because they tend to destroy the transfused cells anyway, and who needs that? ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a male or female get a blood transfusion. ..And they are low, can they die?

Can you tell me if a male or female get a blood transfusion. ..And they are low, can they die?

Opposite: Transfusions are given WHEN patient blood count is low to raise them up and try to prevent worsening of their condition or death. ...Read more

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Please explain why is it important that people are given matched blood when they get a blood transfusion?

Please explain why is it important that people are given matched blood when they get a blood transfusion?

Compatibility : A blood transfusion is an essential part of medicine but careful laboratory testing to assure compatibility (your immune system accepts a donor's blood without an adverse reaction). If the laboratory testing shows compatibility (safety), the blood transfusion can proceed safely, ...Read more

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Can a baby get CMV from blood transfusion?

Can a baby get CMV from blood transfusion?

Possible but...: Since all the donor blood and its products are screened for cmv, transmission of this virus through transfusion is very unlikely. Cmv is ubiquitous, and about 3% of healthy newborns are reported to excrete this virus in their urine. ...Read more

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Can you get cancer from a blood transfusion?

Can you get cancer from a blood transfusion?

No.: It's very unlikely. First the donor, who appears completely healthy, would have to have cancer cells in their blood, such as with leukemia, and not know it. The donated unit must pass the all the lab tests. Finally the donor and the recipient would have to be a tissue match, not just have compatible blood. The odds there are less than 1 in 10, 000 if the blood is not from a relative. ...Read more

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Can a person with aids still get a blood transfusion?

Can a person with aids still get a blood transfusion?

Yes: A person with hiv/aids can receive a blood transfusion and this is done if the person is very anemic and has lost blood. However, a person with hiv/aids cannot give blood for concern of spreading HIV infection to uninfected people. ...Read more

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I have hemoglobin e. Can I get blood transfusion if I need it?

I have hemoglobin e. Can I get blood transfusion if I need it?

Need more info: You don't state if you are a hemoglobin ee or e trait or a combination with beta thalassemia. Patients with these illnesses can have anemia, often severe. The treatment is blood transfusions and they will temporarily correct the anemia. ...Read more

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How safe is a blood transfusion? How likely is it I'll get HIV?

How safe is a blood transfusion? How likely is it I'll get HIV?

59 Deaths in 2013: Transfusion is safer today than ever, but as any other intervention in medicine has risks associated with it. The infectious disease most commonly associated with transfusion is bacterial contamination in platelet components about 1 in 12, 000 transfusions. To put it in perspective HIV is about 1 in 2 million. The most common adverse event (1%) is fever and hives along with volume overload (TACO) ...Read more

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Transfusions (Definition)

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