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Dr. Juan Merayo-Rodriguez
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What could cause my aunt to be denied a platelet transfusion?

What could cause my aunt to be denied a platelet transfusion?

Diagnosis: Platelet transfusions are not recommended if counts are above 50,000/uL unless brain or eye surgery is expected. Other contraindications include TTP(thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura) HIT(heparin induced thrombocytopenia), not useful for ITP(autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura). Indications are for dysfunctional platelets and active bleeding, and counts below 10,000/uL. ...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


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I have high blood pressure / anemia, I recently had blood and platelet transfusion after giving birth. I have horizontal ridges on 10 hand nails?

I have high blood pressure / anemia, I recently had blood and platelet transfusion after giving birth. I have horizontal ridges on 10 hand nails?

Beau's lines: horizontal ridges in nails are known as Beau's lines and often indicate an interruption of the nail growth for a period of time. This growth lapse is usually due to significant illness or malnutrition but possibly could reflect severe anemia for a period of time. If health maintained the lines should grow out over time ...Read more

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Dr. Kelty Baker
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When do you give plasma and platelets in transfusion?

When do you give plasma and platelets in transfusion?

Transfusion: Plasma transfusions are given when a patient's blood is "too thin" and doesn't clot well. Platelet transfusions are given when a patient's platelet counts are too low, a condition which also prevents effective blood clotting. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Alves
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My relative had a blood transfusion during the surgery. So could i be able to donate blood/platelets?

Already done & yes: The operative transfusion is done. Some blood centers allow patient to have volunteers donate on their behalf to reduce the bill for the blood products (kinda by replacing the stock of them). Worth asking about, but donation is always a good thing, especially in summer months as donors go on vacation and more people get active, hurt, and need blood! ...Read more

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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What can happen if you need a blood transfusion due to low platelets during cancer and you refuse to have the transfusion?

Low platelet: If you have low platelet and you refused to get the recommended transfusion : 1. You are at risk to have bleeding. The lower the platelet counts, the higher your risk for bleeding. Spontaneous bleeding can happen when it's. ...Read more

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Dr. Devon Webster
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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If someone has platelet count of 33000 due to dengue.will he need blood transfusion?do juice of papaya leaves helps?

If someone has platelet count of 33000 due to dengue.will he need blood transfusion?do juice of papaya leaves helps?

Dengue Fever: A random controlled trial on 228 patients wi Dengue fever in Malasia demonstrated ^'ed platelet count in group that drank 50mg of Carica Papaya juice per day over those receiving standard treatment. Dengue Virus can prevent a human body from making new platelets. Platelets usually last about four days & then are replaced by the body. But wi Dengue the platelets aren't replaced & so the Platelet ...Read more

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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How can we increase the platelets count (no blood transfusion) in a cancer patient? Are there any natural solutions (food, vitamin complex etc)? Thx

Intravenous water : Soluble vitamins can do it. Linus pauling worked with a scottish physician and found that large doses of vitamin c helped cancer patients. I/v vit c gets higher concentrations. Trouble is that vitamin therapy has not yet become an accepted approach. ...Read more

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Platelet Transfusion (Definition)

Platelet transfusions are used to treat patients with severe bleeding due to decreased platelet production ...Read more


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