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Can a person wtih alpha thalassemia trait donate blood?

Can a person wtih alpha thalassemia trait donate blood?

Maybe: A person with Alpha thalassemia trait may be not anemic or mildly anemic. If he is not anemic, he can be a blood donor. However, since he has a more difficult time making hemoglobin (to make new red blood cells), he may not wish to be a blood donor. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Alves
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Blood Donation (Definition)

Blood donation is the act of giving ones blood to a blood bank, so that it may be used in the future to help someone else. People with transmissible viral diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis C, are not able to donate blood, as ...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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How safe are blood transfusions?

How safe are blood transfusions?

Relatively: The greatest danger is lung damage, which is thankfully only a real problem in 1 person out of about 5000; the vast majority of folks recover. Hives and fever are nuisances but fairly comon. Blood is screened for the deadly infections including hepatitis b and c, HIV 1 and 2, and several other viruses using 21st century technology and the risk -- monitored carefully -- is extremely low. ...Read more

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Can people with sickle cell anemia donate blood?

Can people with sickle cell anemia donate blood?

No: A diagnosis of sickle cell disease precludes donation of blood. This is not only because of the presence of the disease itself, but also because patients with sickle cell disease fail to meet the hemoglobin criteria for donors set by the red cross, which is 12.5g/dl. ...Read more

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Can I donate blood if I have anemia thalassemia beta trait?

Can I donate blood if I have anemia thalassemia beta trait?

If anemic, no: The red cross won't let people who are anemic donate blood. People are checked for anemia at their screening for blood donation, and if your hemoglobin is less than 12.5 they will not allow you to donate blood. Not everyone with beta thalassemia trait is anemic, so there is a chance that you may pass the screening. However, if you know that you often have a low hemoglobin, expect to be turned away. ...Read more

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Are blood transfusions after delivery be safe for someone with alpha thalassemia trait?

Are blood transfusions after delivery be safe for someone with alpha thalassemia trait?

Safe if necessary: Blood transfusions are given only when necessary especially in the younger population or blood disorders. Transfusions are necessary for major bleeding resulting in shock, low blood pressures, or continued blood loss. All transfusions are screened and safe but there is always a 1-3% risk of a clerical error. Pts. With blood disorders face increased risk of blood transfusion reactions. ...Read more

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Can a person who has sickle cell trait and "O" Positive blood, donate blood?

Can a person who has sickle cell trait and "O" Positive blood, donate blood?

Sickle cell trait: If you have the trait you can donate blood, but if you have the disease you are not eligible ...Read more

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Are blood transfusions safe?

Are blood transfusions safe?

Almost risk free: Alexis, i would have to say that blood transfusions are safe but not entirely risk free. Those that donate blood are given a rigorous questionaire, and physically examined. Then the blood removed is tested for all types of infectious disease agents including hepatitis and hiv. The unit is then processed, stored under strict federal guidelines, and tested again before you receive the unit. ...Read more

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Can a person with hemolytic anemia donate blood?

Can a person with hemolytic anemia donate blood?

Unwise.: If you have hemolytic anemia, you probably need to keep all the blood cells you've got! there are many different causes for hemolytic anemia. Check with your local red cross to find out if you qualify. ...Read more

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Is sickle cell anemia a contraindication for pregnancy?

Is sickle cell anemia a contraindication for pregnancy?

Not by itself: Women with sickle cell disease can have children safely depending on what active complications of sickle cell disease they have. This is complicated and is a conversation best had with your hematologist. ...Read more

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How healthy is blood transfusion?

How healthy is blood transfusion?

59 deaths in 2013: Acute reactions include: hemolytic;febrile, non-hemolytic;bacterial contamination;allergic / anaphylaxis; ransfusion-related acute lung injury (trali) transfusion-associated circulatory overload (taco) chronic reactions include: hemolytic; transfusion associated graft vs. Host disease (ta-gvhd);platelet refractoriness;post transfusion purpura;infectious disease;iron overload. ...Read more

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My baby have hb e/beta thalassemia? Is it sickle cell disease?

My baby have hb e/beta thalassemia? Is it sickle cell disease?

No: It is not sickle cell disease. It is a "hemoglobinopathy" or genetic disorder of hemoglobin...And it can cause anemia. Sickle cell has malformed red blood cells that become "sickle" shaped and can get stuck in organs and vessels and cause pain. E/beta thalassemia is different. ...Read more

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Do plasma donation banks make mistakes with blood?

Do plasma donation banks make mistakes with blood?

Of course...: Everything human will have mistakes. So, the answer to the question, "Do people make mistakes?", is always yes. The real question is, "How likely would a mistake be in this particular situation?" Fortunately, blood banks rarely make mistakes, because they use multiple safeguards, and they know a mistake can be fatal. ...Read more

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Could someone with essential thrombocythemia (i.E. Too many platelets) donate platelets to a blood bank?

Could someone with essential thrombocythemia (i.E. Too many platelets) donate platelets to a blood bank?

No: It is considered too dangerous for a people with cancer or a myeloproliferative disorder such as essential thrombocythemia to donate blood. ...Read more

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How safe is a blood transfusion?

How safe is a blood transfusion?

Very safe: Blood donors are screened for diseases and medications. Blood products are screened for infectios agents, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Blood banks store blood for a limited period of time only. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Engel
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Thalassemia (Definition)

An inherited condition characterized by severe anemia (a deficiency of red blood cells), ...Read more