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What are side effects from having a blood transfusion?

What are side effects from having a blood transfusion?

Usually none: Tranfusion of packed red blood cells will perhaps 1 time in 25 result in some mild allergy symptoms (sneeze, itch, etc.) if you're allergic to something in the blood; 1 in 100 you get a mild fever because you're allergic to donor transplant antigens. Most common serious problem is lung damage. A few others exist. Risk of any infection is extremely low. ...Read more

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What are the common side effects of a blood transfusion?

What are the common side effects of a blood transfusion?

Common are trivial: We pathologists run the blood bank and are always enouraging prudent and sparing use of our product. There's a few percent chance you'll get the sneezies and/or the itchies, a bit less that you'll get a mild fever. The very serious side effects are much less common. The one that's most worrisome is lung damage from donor antibodies -- less now that we use donors less likely to have them. ...Read more

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What are mild side effects of having a blood transfusion?

What are mild side effects of having a blood transfusion?

Many: "mild" side effects can include fever during the transfusion. Most other side effects I would not consider mild and can include both hemolytic and non-hemolytic transfusion reactions, viral or bacterial infections, transfusion related lung injury, temporary suppression of the immune system among others. ...Read more

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What are the side effect of blood transfusion? And how many days or months I can feel or see the effects?

What are the side effect of blood transfusion? And how many days or months I can feel or see the effects?

Its not the "culprit: Transfusion "reactions" are usually immediate or within hours NOT days. Your symptoms are unrelated to the transfusion. ...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?

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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Do I need a blood transfusion after bcir?

Do I need a blood transfusion after bcir?

It depeds: You may need transfusion if your blood level low to, you may not if you blood level is adequate? ...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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Would you get leukemia from a blood transfusion?

No: There may be extremly rare exceptions but a variety of reasons prevent this from happening including the careful screening of blood, the difference in the make up of individuals, the refrigerated storage of blood, use of leuko depletion to removed white blood cells, etc. ...Read more

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Can I get toxoplasmosis through blood transfusion?

Environmental likely: This is likely aquired through your environment, particularly when dealing with cats. Since they pass it out with their feces, it can be aquired through outdoor exposure, especially if walking barefoot. It can possibly be aquired through blood transfusion, like cmv, but more likely one has already got it and the immune system handles it. If immunosuppressed, like in aids, it can reactivate. ...Read more

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Can blood transfusion causer lower creatinine level?

Can blood transfusion causer lower creatinine level?

Creatinine lowering: Yes, patients who need blood transfusion has a low volume in their intravascular (i) space. This causes an elevation of creatinine (c). When the blood is transfused and the I volume increases, the c will fall. It is similar to what happens to the c when a patient is dehydrated and is given fluid. ...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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What types of hepatitis come from a blood transfusion?

What types of hepatitis come from a blood transfusion?

Hepatitis B & C: Possibility of contracting hepatitis b or c through blood transfusion is very remote, though. ...Read more

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If you have pneumonia would you need a blood transfusion?

Unlikely: It would be rare for pneumonia to cause anemia severe enough to require transfusion. The only exception would be in a hospitalized patient who was sick with pneumonia for a long period of time. ...Read more

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Can a nurse practitioner administer a blood transfusion?

Can a nurse practitioner administer a blood transfusion?

Blood transfusion: Any nurse, whether an rn or np, is qualified to give blood. An np is also qualified to order a blood transfusion as long as she is following a protocol set up by the monitoring physician. ...Read more

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Can blood transfusion cause severe immunological reactions?

Transfusion reaction: ...is generally a reaction of your immune against the cells or proteins in the transfuse unit. For example if someone received an incompatible unit of RBC they could have a severe reaction. Minor reactions are more likely, like fever, chills or hives. There is little reason to believe that other chronic immune conditions, like Crohn's or asthma, are related to prior transfusions. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract herpes from a blood transfusion?

Is it possible to contract herpes from a blood transfusion?

No: This has never been reported. Both species of herpes are quite common, but don't seem to get into units of blood, or if they do, the antibodies that people have who already have herpes of the skin neutralize them. There are serious risks to transfusions but this isn't one of them. ...Read more

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How effective is a blood transfusion for treating leukemia?

How effective is a blood transfusion for treating leukemia?

Managing anemia: It will restore red cell mass but will not impact the disease itself ...Read more

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Can one suffering from pancytopenia get a blood-transfusion?

Can one suffering from pancytopenia get a blood-transfusion?

Yes: Pancytopenia means a deficiency in all three major types of blood cells - white, red, and platelets. A blood transfusion would help 1 or more of those. However, it depends on the cause of the pancytopenia. Some conditions could result in destruction of the new blood products fairly quickly. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how human chimera do their blood transfusion?

Can you tell me how human chimera do their blood transfusion?

By Type & Crossmatch: Human chimerism occurs after engraftment of stem cells from an allogeneic donor with a different ABO blood type. The recipient may also continue to produce some red blood cells as well. A type & Crossmatch by the Blood Bank will determine the best cells to transfuse. ...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