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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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How is blood collected for a blood transfusion?

How is blood collected for a blood transfusion?

IV bag: Blood is collected by IV into a specialized, sealed, sterile plastic bag containing an anti-coagulant. It is then refrigerated (after blood typing and testing for infections) until needed. The shelf life is 21-35 days depending on the preservative used (anti-coagulant). ...Read more

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Would a blood transfusion affect immunity?

Would a blood transfusion affect immunity?

Yes: Transfusion-associated immuno-modulation (TRIM) is independent of whether the blood is allogenic, autogenic, or leukodepleted. This has been described since 1973, seen in the improved graft survival in kidney transplant in transfused patients. Some effects include down-regulation of the immune function by decreasing cytokine production, and an increase in T suppressor cell number and function. ...Read more

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Can a baby get CMV from blood transfusion?

Can a baby get CMV from blood transfusion?

Yes: Babies will only be given blood from cmv-negative donors to prevent this transmission. ...Read more

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Can you donate blood after getting a tattoo?

Can you donate blood after getting a tattoo?

After 1 year: Since the blood bank cannot know which artists use proper infection-prevention techniques and which do not, there is a 12-month deferral period after getting a tattoo. If still healthy after that period (as most folks are), you are welcome to return to donating. ...Read more

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Can getting a blood transfusion give me autoimmune hemolytic anemia?

Can getting a blood transfusion give me autoimmune hemolytic anemia?

Immune?: You probably mean immune hemolytic anemia, which is a result of mismatch between antigens present on surface of red cells. It can be acute, which can be life threatening or chronic or delayed, which usually causes anemia and jaundice. ...Read more

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Could one die from recieving a blood transfusion?

Could one die from recieving a blood transfusion?

Transfusion Reaction: A severe transfusion reaction (such as hemolytic transfusion reaction) could potential cause death (especially if not caught early and treated appropriately). ...Read more

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Is your blood type important for a blood transfusion?

Is your blood type important for a blood transfusion?

Yes,,,: Your blood type and antibody panel are of primary importance for a blood transfusion because that's how transfusion reactions are avoided in the majority of cases. ...Read more

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Would you get shingles from a blood transfusion?

Would you get shingles from a blood transfusion?

No: No, you generally get it from contact exposure; even then, you get chickenpox, and not shingles. ...Read more

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Can a person with aids still get a blood transfusion?

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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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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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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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What happens if you are given incompatible blood during a blood transfusion?

What happens if you are given incompatible blood during a blood transfusion?

Depends: Not all incompatibilities result in damage. Some ABO incompatibilities may cause intravascular hemolysis and even death. Other incompatibilities may not be benign or produce a delayed extravascular hemolysis. ...Read more

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If a patient loses 50ml of blood during surgery, would that require a blood transfusion? How much blood loss must occur to require a blood transfusion

If a patient loses 50ml of blood during surgery, would that require a blood transfusion? How much blood loss must occur to require a blood transfusion

Generally, No: However, it all depends on what the patient's hemoglobin/hematocrit was prior to surgery. If the patient was already anemic and was losing blood fast, then perhaps the anesthesiologist would order a unit of blood. Whether or not a transfusion is necessary depends on the individual's hemoglobin/hematocrit level more than how much blood is lost. Some people have a lot to spare, and others none. ...Read more

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Why can't a person who has had a blood transfusion give blood for a year?

Why can't a person who has had a blood transfusion give blood for a year?

Disease prevention: Some times, though rarely, infections may be transmitted through transfusion. Blood banks defer people who may have been exposed to infections for a year before being eligible to donate. The deferal includes getting tatoo. ...Read more

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Could i donate blood with a blood disorder?

Could i donate blood with a blood disorder?

Better to avoid : After donating you may develop more problems. Also the receptor may not get the needed constituents of your blood - the cellular part or the plasma part(rich in clotting factors which we needs in special circumstances ) . Hence it is better to avoid donating ...Read more

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What would happen if one received low iron blood in blood transfusion ?

What would happen if one received low iron blood in blood transfusion ?

Blood: blood transfusion is not used to replace iron ,must be done only if patient is very symtomatic , or in shock, or has blood loss due to trauma or surgery ...Read more

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If receiving a blood transfusion and is developing a fever, what's the usual procedure?

If receiving a blood transfusion and is developing a fever, what's the usual procedure?

Stop transfusion: The first and the most important step in any suspected transfusion reaction is to stop the transfusion. If all you have is a slight fever and chills, it is likely a mild but not uncommon type of reaction that can be prevented with pre-medication. However, the hospital will check the unit of blood in the blood bank to ensure your safety first. At our hospital we do not retransfuse this unit. ...Read more