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How will my preemie benefit from a blood transfusion?

How will my preemie benefit from a blood transfusion?

Improves oxygenation: Increasing the number of rbcs will increase blood volume which helps to treat hypotension or shock from blood loss. It also improves oxygen in the blood which will decrease the strain on the heart from anemia and also may decrease various signs of anemia like apnea, slow or fast heart rate, poor weight gain, fatigue during feeding etc. ...Read more

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I had blood transfusions as an infant because I was a preemie what are the chances of me developing a blood clot in pregnancy? No history blood disor

I had blood transfusions as an infant because I was a preemie what are the chances of me developing a blood clot in pregnancy? No history blood disor

Unrelated: Blood transfusions have not been reported or known to cause blood clots however the pregnancy itself is a well known risk factor for blood clots. During pregnancy, risk differs from one woman to another depending on prior history of blood clots or other familial risk factors. If concerned, ask your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of a blood transfusion?

What are the benefits of a blood transfusion?

Treat anemia: People with significant anemia (low red blood cell count) have a reduced ability to deliver oxygen to the brain and other organs of the body. Correcting anemia with a blood transfusion can improve the symptoms of anemia such as fatigue and dizziness, and in more serious cases can be life-saving. ...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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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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My baby might need a blood transfusion but i’m a jehovah’s witness. I don’t know what to do.?

My baby might need a blood transfusion but i’m a jehovah’s witness. I don’t know what to do.?

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

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What is name of the illness where person needs to have blood transfusion? And they only eat little food and look slim and can't gain weight?

What is name of the illness where person needs to have blood transfusion? And they only eat little food and look slim and can't gain weight?

? Puzzle? Medi-check: Your Puzzle can not be guessed by any doctor. Doctors give blood transfusion when a person is Anemic (low blood amount). This can be caused by blood loss, increased blood destruction inside the body or lack of blood formation in the bone marrow. The list of causes is very long. So I would recommend a medical examination following a detailed history and blood tests to find the condition of the blood ...Read more

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Can blood transfusion change behavior?

Can blood transfusion change behavior?

What do you mean?: An you elaborate? In general, no, it can't. ...Read more

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How does a white blood transfusion work?

How does a white blood transfusion work?

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

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How can a body reject a blood transfusion?

How can a body reject a blood transfusion?

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

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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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What medicine should be given before blood transfusion?

What medicine should be given before blood transfusion?

None "required": Many practitioners will give tylenol (acetaminophen) & Benadryl dose prior to transfusion, to reduce chance of low grade temperature or minor incompatibility reaction--but this is not necessary/essential. ...Read more

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Should I be worried at all about getting a blood transfusion?

Should I be worried at all about getting a blood transfusion?

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

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Can you explain to me the blood transfusion allergic reactions?

Can you explain to me the blood transfusion allergic reactions?

Immunologic: 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

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In what way can we check blood transfusion reactions during blood transfusion?

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In what way can we check blood transfusion reactions during blood transfusion?

Evaluation: Combination of clinical examination (listen to complaints, examining the patients etc), blood works, and imaging study (like cxr) are used to check transfusion reaction. ...Read more

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What is a blood transfusion reaction?

What is a blood transfusion reaction?

Many things: The person receiving blood may react to the blood or the tranfusion process. This may be as simple as fever or rash, or may involve antibodies reacting to proteins in the blood being transfused. ...Read more

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What does the filter in a blood transfusion do?

Remove debris: Filters will remove cellular debris, small or microscopic clots. They should be used for all transfusions although there are different types depending on what is being transfused. ...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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Sometimes babies are given whole blood to supply what they are lacking, and sometimes only components of blood, such as platelets or ...Read more