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My hemoglobin is at 2 and I don't want a blood transfusion so my pcp recommended iron infusion. Will it help?

My hemoglobin is at 2 and I don't want a blood transfusion so my pcp recommended iron infusion. Will it help?

Blood transfusion: Blood transfusion is recommended for Hemoglobin less than 6g/dl except in exceptional circumstances. In your case Hemoglobin is 2 and this is an indication of blood transfusion. Read more

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Infusion (Definition)

An infusion implies a substance administered via IV 2 a person, such as blood (transfusion), antibiotics and pain meds or other meds. Some can be ...Read more


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What could be causing high platelet count of 900, anaemia after iron infusion 4 weeks ago and two blood transfusions two weeks ago.?

What could be causing high platelet count of 900, anaemia after iron infusion 4 weeks ago and two blood transfusions two weeks ago.?

Bone marrow problem: Two possibilities: 1. You have iron-deficiency (why? Are you having GI bleeding? Gastric bypass?) and your platelets are high as an inflammatory response, or 2. You have essential thrombocytosis or another bone marrow problem. Given your age, my vote is for #1. See a hematologist for more answers! Read more

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Is 8 weeks of iron infusions enough? Ater this time hemoglobin decreased to 7.6. As a result, I had a blood transfusion.

Is 8 weeks of iron infusions enough? Ater this time hemoglobin decreased to 7.6. As a result, I had a blood transfusion.

Something's wrong: If iron infusions over eight weeks didn't fix your anemia, it's either not due to iron deficiency or you still have serious blood loss. I also see that somebody is giving you vitamin B12 for whatever reason. Please forgive my frankness. If there is not a misunderstanding, please get with a hematologist. Read more

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Wanted to know what are the side effects if any of having a iron transfusion? I was told. I would have to have a iron infusion.

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Wanted to know what are the side effects if any of having a iron transfusion? I was told. I would have to have a iron infusion.

Well tolerated: Not too many side effects in general. Just like any other medicaton, allergic reaction can happen in different manifestations- including hives, skin rashes, increase blood pressure, or decrease blood pressure, shortness of breath, back pain. That is why prior to iron infusion-a test dose will be given to make sure no allergic reaction. Otherwise, it is tolerated well by majority people. Don't worry. Read more

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Do I need a blood transfusion if my iron saturation is 7?

Do I need a blood transfusion if my iron saturation is 7?

Depends on: Iron deficiency is treated with oral ferrous sulfate or IV dextran. However etiology of iron deficiency should be established. Blood transfusion will be determined by hemoglobin level, symptoms and speed of decrease. Read more

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Can I request to have a blood transfusion if I have low iron?

Can I request to have a blood transfusion if I have low iron?

Low iron: Blood transfusion carries signifcant risks such as bad allergic reactions, infection (hiv, hepatitis b and c, "mad cow disease", malaria, chagas disease, etc.), and even death. It's not worth it, especially given how easy it is to correct iron deficiency with either oral or IV iron, if one's anemia isn't severe or symptomatic. 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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Javeria is my sister. She is a thelessimia major. She gets blood transfusion regularly and pumps for iron removal. What can she eat?

Javeria is my sister. She is a thelessimia major. She gets blood transfusion regularly and pumps for iron removal. What can she eat?

Whatever she wants: She should supplement with folic acid and B comlex vitamins. She should avoid iron supplementation. In the US food stuffs are often fortified with iron and should be avoided. In reality, unless one eats boxes of cereal a day, even with a increased iron absorption state such as thalasemia major it is hard to absorb iron and her major iron source is the blood transfusions. Read more

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I am going on vacation the day after I get a iron and blood transfusion. Would I be able to drink?

I am going on vacation the day after I get a iron and blood transfusion. Would I be able to drink?

Yes: Insist on knowing why you are being transfused, why you are iron deficient, and why transfusion rather than just iron replacement is necessary. Read more

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My son is two and his iron level was an 8.0. Does he need a blood transfusion. What should I do? The doctor said his iron must come up in 3 weeks..

My son is two and his iron level was an 8.0. Does he need a blood transfusion. What should I do? The doctor said his iron must come up in 3 weeks..

Follow docs advice: If doc wants to see the level improve in 3 wks I assume he put your kid on iron & commented on the kids diet. The level is low but not dangerous & the most common reason for it being low is low iron from poor intake. If the level comes up on iron alone & diet changes you can avoid the scary nature of transfusions. If it's not up he will look into other reasons for the deficiency. Read more

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How effective is iron infusion in raising blood count? How soon can one expect to see improvement?

How effective is iron infusion in raising blood count? How soon can one expect to see improvement?

Several weeks: If you have anemia due to low iron, increasing your iron level will help in the production of new red cells but it takes time for the bone marrow to release these cells. Normally red cells live for 120 days, bone marrow can increase the production if needed as in case of anemia due to iron deficiency, but only after iron is available. From that time it may take 2-4 weeks to start improving. Read more

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I had a blood transfusion due to low hemoglobin. My iron level was 6 and is now 9 after two units. I still feel weak and really tired after 3 days?

I had a blood transfusion due to low hemoglobin. My iron level was 6 and is now 9 after two units. I still feel weak and really tired after 3 days?

Of course you do: You are still seriously anemic. Be proactive. Insist on an explanation of how you got this sick and what wil be done to restore you to health. If you have a bleeding stomach ulcer, what will be done? If you have hemolysis, what is the cause? G6PD status? Were you malnourished? You deserve a full explanation. Read more

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Iron infusion April 2013 due to IDA. Ferritin levels raised but decreasing at each blood test. July 2013 130ng/ml today 60ng/ml. Is this usual?

Iron infusion April 2013 due to IDA. Ferritin levels raised but decreasing at each blood test. July 2013 130ng/ml today 60ng/ml. Is this usual?

Don't treat labs: Please forgive my frankness. What's missing in this picture is WHY you are iron deficient / losing iron. You're 53 year old, correct? Are you still having monthly bleeding? Do you have other blood loss? Has colon cancer been ruled out? Stomach cancer? Stomach ulcer? Hookworm? Malabsorption? Are you a vegetarian? You don't "just become" iron deficient. Insist on answers. Read more

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Blood transfusion 2 days ago (2 bags). Iron Ref. Range: 50-170 Mine was 11. Doc put me on Ferrous Sulfate 5gr Tab twice a day. Is this dose safe?

Blood transfusion 2 days ago (2 bags). Iron Ref. Range: 50-170 Mine was 11. Doc put me on Ferrous Sulfate 5gr Tab twice a day. Is this dose safe?

Yes: Your question initially confused me, as gr is not an abbreviation we see very often any longer. The typical tablet size of ferrous sulfate is 325 mg; in the old days this was also described as "5 grains (gr)". That tablet size twice daily is perfectly appropriate. Read more

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I'm iron deficient with a platlet count of 425 im receiving iron infusion but scared with all the things I've read about spontaious blood clots, stroke?

I'm iron deficient with a platlet count of 425 im receiving iron infusion but scared with all the things I've read about spontaious blood clots, stroke?

Manage it: High platelets secondary to iron deficiency are not a clotting danger. However, you owe it to yourself, your employer, And your family to manage your iron deficiency and to find, address and remove the cause. This is very serious. Read more

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Mom's hemoglobin is 7.5, and has no insurance. Hospital ER would not give blood transfusion because no insurance. Can not take iron d/t GI distress?

Try to get seen: The cause of her anemia needs to be found, even in the face of our dysfunctional health care system. A free clinic or medical school can look for the source of her blood loss -- if that's the cause -- and find out whether perhaps there is an ulcer or cancer that needs to be treated to save her life. It's a tough situation and I wish you both luck. Read more

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Anemia found on labs. Iron serum: 21 Iron Saturation: 4, Ferritin: 3. Very heavy periods, and hadn't been taking iron. Blood transfusion needed?

How do you FEEL?: I'm glad this was recognized in time. You'll need a transfusion only if you're seriously symptomatic and can't last long enough to have your stores rebuilt by supplements. Please comply. Your best source of iron is red meat. Iron in spinach is bound to an acid that makes it not absorbable and broccoli as a wonderful source of iron is a myth made up by vegetarians. Good luck and be discerning. Read more

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