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Hematologist, are blood transfusions dangerous?

Hematologist, are blood transfusions dangerous?

Mostly no: A properly done blood transfusion is not dangerous. There are possibilities of problems, but they are rare and it is best to ask about them before you sign the consent form to receive blood. ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Krook
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Splenectomy (Definition)

Spleen removal (splenectomy) is surgery to remove a diseased or damaged spleen. This organ is in the upper part of your belly, on the left side. It helps your body fight germs and infections. It also ...Read more


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Elevated white blood cell count possible after Hib vaccine?

Elevated white blood cell count possible after Hib vaccine?

Mild increase = yes: Any stress can trigger an increase in adrenal stress hormone levels. This cortisol can drive white cells off their resting place on the inside walls of blood vessels producing a transient rise in the total white count when they enter the circulation. The effect is transient ...Read more

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My blood transfusion for anemia ?

My blood transfusion for anemia ?

It depends: Normally blood transfusions are a temporary fix to bring your blood count up. Treatment for the cause of the anemia is more important. You need to discuss with your provider to determine why you became anemic ...Read more

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Splenic infarct due to blood clot for unknown reason. Rbc hemoglobin hematocrit absolute immat. Granulocytes platelets all still elevated. Normal?

Splenic infarct due to blood clot for unknown reason. Rbc hemoglobin hematocrit absolute immat. Granulocytes platelets all still elevated. Normal?

No not normal: You are lucky that you developed blood clot in a non essential organ. If this were your heart or brain where blood clot formed or travelled, it could have been life-threatening or at least severe impairment would have resulted. See a blood specialist, hematologist, for an opinion whether you should be on anticoagulation. ...Read more

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When are blood transfusions needed?

When are blood transfusions needed?

Acute or chronic?: Blood transfusions are needed for various reasons, including anemia, acute blood loss from injury, internal bleeding, rectal bleeding, blood in your urine, etc. It depends on how low the blood count (hemoglobin) is and how quickly the hemoglobin has dropped. There is professional debate on the exact number (of hemoglobin) for when to transfuse blood. ...Read more

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Which illnesses require blood transfusion?

Which illnesses require blood transfusion?

Need of blood: Blood transfusions are required when a patient's body can't maintain adequate oxygenation for tissues due to decreased red blood cells. Usually if hemoglobin levels are below 6 g/dl and there are symptoms of anemia or active bleeding, a transfusion maybe required in order to save his or her life. ...Read more

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Red blood cells-5.9, hematocrit- 55%, hemaglobin-18.0, esr-2, ldh-199, white blood cells- 9.0 (high neutrophils) & platlets-285, 000 polycythemia vera?

Red blood cells-5.9, hematocrit- 55%, hemaglobin-18.0, esr-2, ldh-199, white blood cells- 9.0 (high neutrophils) & platlets-285, 000 polycythemia vera?

Can't tell. need w/u: Normal range will vary -depending on the range used on each lab. On my lab, hb of 18 is still normal for male. Your white blood cell and platelet are also within normal range. I don't see any problem there-except you said you have high neutrophils- which can be caused by many things. However, if you are worried about p.Vera- go to see a hematologist and she/he will be able to help you. ...Read more

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Reasons for elevated red blood cell count ?

Reasons for elevated red blood cell count ?

Below: Your body may increase red blood cell production to compensate for any condition that results in low oxygen levels, including: •Congenital heart disease in adults •Heart failure •A condition present at birth that reduces the oxygen-carrying capacity of red blood cells (hemoglobinopathy) •High altitudes •COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and other lung diseasesPulmonary fibrosisSleep apneaNicotine dependence (smoking) Performance-enhancing drugs Certain drugs stimulate the production of red blood cells, including: •Anabolic steroids •Blood doping (transfusion) •Injections of a protein (erythropoietin) that enhances red blood cell production Increased red blood cell concentration •Dehydration (If the liquid component of the blood (plasma) is decreased, as in dehydration, the red blood cell count increases. This is due to the red blood cells becoming more concentrated. The actual number of red blood cells stays the same.) Kidney disease Rarely, in some kidney cancers and sometimes after kidney transplants, the kidneys might produce too much erythropoietin. This enhances red blood cell production. Bone marrow overproduction •Polycythemia vera •Other myeloproliferative disorders ...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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Would a blood transfusion affect immunity?

Would a blood transfusion affect immunity?

Yes: Transfusion-associated immuno-modulation (TRIM) is independent of whether the blood is allogenic, autogenic, or leukodepleted. This has been described since 1973, seen in the improved graft survival in kidney transplant in transfused patients. Some effects include down-regulation of the immune function by decreasing cytokine production, and an increase in T suppressor cell number and function. ...Read more

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Elevated indirect bilirubin, normal direct bilirubin, low red blood cell count, normal white blood cell count, iron overload (83), enlarged spleen?

Elevated indirect bilirubin, normal direct bilirubin, low red blood cell count, normal white blood cell count, iron overload (83), enlarged spleen?

Need more informatio: We can not comment on these blood tests without knowing your hemoglobin and hematocrit andtotal rbc level.Total iron, iron binding capacity and most important ferritin level also need to know the values of liver enzymes;level of indirect bilirubin i suggest you consult your doctor who may have all this information and can tell you if anything needs to be done or just follow up. ...Read more

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Very low hemoglobin after transfusion for postpartum hemorrhage?

Very low hemoglobin after transfusion for postpartum hemorrhage?

What is the question: Hello fbruno6. If you are still bleeding, your hemoglobin may remain low. Continued transfusions, if needed, will bring up the hemoglobin. You may also have underlying iron deficiency and that also needs to be treated. I am not sure of what your question is, but hope that the above information is helpful to you. ...Read more

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Can blood donation reduce high blood pressure?

Can blood donation reduce high blood pressure?

No: High blood pressure or hypertension is not caused by excessive volume of blood in the body. Therefore donating blood usually has no effect on one's blood pressure. ...Read more

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RBC of 6.8 Hct 14.7, hgb 50, are these counts dangerous for blood clots?.

RBC of 6.8 Hct 14.7, hgb 50, are these counts dangerous for blood clots?.

No not really: Hemoglobin levels in males normally range from 14 to 16 Grams. Unless it is much higher like 18 grams(a condition called Polycythemia) there is no problem with your Red cells. So there is no cause for worry right now. ...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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I had blood work done red blood cells white blood cells and platelets were all low also hemocrit among others does this indicate leukemia?

I had blood work done red blood cells white blood cells and platelets were all low also hemocrit among others does this indicate leukemia?

Maybe: At your age, leukemia usually shows a high white count. However, anemia is ALWAYS serious and worth investigating. WBC and platelets values only somewhat out of range are less worrisome. I'm betting we find something treatable. ...Read more

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How are blood coagulation and blood clotting different?

How are blood coagulation and blood clotting different?

Same thing: Clotting and coagulation are used as synonims. A hematologist could beg to differ, but otherwise used as absolute synonims. ...Read more

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Where can I donatel blood platelets?

Where can I donatel blood platelets?

Red Cross!: First, THANK YOU! for donating platelets. You can telephone your local red cross to find out where a donation center with apheresis capability is located. ...Read more