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Why do doctors cross-match an infant's and mother's blood before performing an exchange blood transfusion?

Why do doctors cross-match an infant's and mother's blood before performing an exchange blood transfusion?

ABO incompatability: Generally, if the mother is known to be of O blood type, we also check the baby's blood type as well as check for antibodies in the baby's blood (direct coombs test). If there is ABO incompatibility, positive coombs, high reticulocyte count and early jaundice then the baby will possibly require an exchange transfusion to prevent kernicterus ...Read more

Dr. Juan Merayo-Rodriguez
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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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Is it ethical/legal for blood banks to cite fictional patient cases in an attempt to get donations? ie, "A dialysis patient needs your blood type..."

Is it ethical/legal for blood banks to cite fictional patient cases in an attempt to get donations? ie, "A dialysis patient needs your blood type..."

Probably not, but...: How do you know they are fictional? I don't think any false advertisement is ethical, but there is definitely a need for blood donors for everyone from cancer patients to dialysis patients to trauma patients. So thanks for donating! ...Read more

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Can a patient receiving multiple blood and plasma transfusions test positive for THC if the blood donor had recently used marijauna?

Can a patient receiving multiple blood and plasma transfusions test positive for THC if the blood donor had recently used marijauna?

Not likely: The amount of thc in blood or blood products is not likely to cause a positive urine test. You are more likely to get a positive test from exposure to second hand marijuana smoke. ...Read more

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Explain the rationale for administering a blood transfusion to jehovah witness patient.?

Explain the rationale for administering a blood transfusion to jehovah witness patient.?

Life Saving: Even though it may be life saving, most jehovah witnesses will still not allow the use of human products. Some may agree to the use of a cell saver or saving one's own blood for later use, when time allows. But in an emergency, it comes down to faith and personal belief. A personal choice should always trump medical decisions, regardless of possible outcome. ...Read more

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Do all blood banks notify donors if their blood tests positive for a disease?

Do all blood banks notify donors if their blood tests positive for a disease?

They should.: Donors are usually notified if the blood they gave is positive for a disease, like hepatitis b surface antigen, antibody to hepatitis c, antibody to hiv, usually subtypes 1 and 2, and serologic test for syphilis as recommended by the world health organization. Blood is also tested for diseases, like stds. Donated blood that is positive is discarded unless it is autologous as that is given back. ...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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Are there risks for patients receiving blood transfusions?

Are there risks for patients receiving blood transfusions?

Of course but low: Viruses and disease, allergic reaction, lung damage. Please reed the folowing article for explianitions. The chances are low bout real.Consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Low blood pressure risky for cancer patients?

Low blood pressure risky for cancer patients?

No problem: Low blood pressure is never a medical problem unless you are symptomatic, such as dizziness and light headed. If not, no worries! if so, see your doctor! ...Read more

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Is packed cell blood transfusion help for thalassemia patient?

Is packed cell blood transfusion help for thalassemia patient?

Thalasemia: If indicated -i.e. Significant symptomatic anemia - blood transfusion is given to patient with thalassemia major. Iron cheating agents should be considered if one receives multiple blood transfusion . Pls discuss further in detail with your pediatric hematologist. ...Read more

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Why is the blood sugar monitored for COPD patients?

Why is the blood sugar monitored for COPD patients?

Possibilities...: Some patients with COPD are treated intermittently with systemic steroid therapy. A side effect of this medication is elevated blood sugars so blood sugars are frequently monitored in a patient taking this medication. ...Read more

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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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Medical Oncology: Is having an lgG4 blood test ever of any value in monitoring pancreatic cancer?

Medical Oncology: Is having an lgG4 blood test ever of any value in monitoring pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatitis...: or an inflamed pancreas, can occur on rare occasions related to increased IgG4 antibody. This is called autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP). High IgG4 levels in the blood may help to distinguish AIP from pancreatic cancer (PCa). However, a few cases of high IgG4 were reported in patients with PCa, so it is not a perfect indicator. It is not used to monitor PCa, but high levels may drop if AIP resolves. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a kidney transplant patient to donate blood?

Is it safe for a kidney transplant patient to donate blood?

No.: The reason is primarily that recipients take immunosuppressive drugs that are in the blood, and would be transferred with the donated blood which is not safe. In addition, many kidney recipients have some anemia that would preclude donation. ...Read more

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Does 10.3 hemoglobin need to be warded with blood transfusion?

Does 10.3 hemoglobin need to be warded with blood transfusion?

Not necessarily: There is more to needing a blood transfusion than just the HGB level. The cause of low HGB is most mportant as well as the rate of decline. More information would be needed to address your particular problem. ...Read more

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