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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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Transfusions (Definition)

Sometimes babies are given whole blood to supply what they are lacking, and sometimes only components of blood, such as platelets or ...Read more