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My dad has low risk MDS. Only anemia, but transfusion dependent of theee units every 6 wks. Platelets and WBC are ok. Blasts in B.marrow1%. Prognosis?

My dad has low risk MDS. Only anemia, but transfusion dependent of theee units every 6 wks. Platelets and WBC are ok. Blasts in B.marrow1%. Prognosis?

Unpredictable: Don't try to second-guess. It's all percentage odds. He would do well to plan a normal life expectancy, but be prepared (as any person should be) for the onset of serious illness. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more


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How sever e is anemia when it causes you to have transfusions

How sever e is anemia when it causes you to have transfusions

Significant: Most md's will not transfuse unless the HGB is less than 10gm/dl and more recently this cutoff has been lowered to less than 9gm/dl. The average range for HGB is 12-16. Need for transfusion means you are significantly low. There are many causes. See your physician for further work-up. ...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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How severe should your anemia be to get a blood transfusion?

How severe should your anemia be to get a blood transfusion?

Symptomatic: A blood transfusion should be given if a person is symptomatic. Previously blood was often given for a hemoglobin less than 8.0. We now try to individualize to the specific situation and the impact the anemia is having on the body. ...Read more

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How much time do blood transfusion usually take for anemia ?

How much time do blood transfusion usually take for anemia ?

It dependence: Blood transfusions are temporary fix this for whatever is causing the anemia. It is important to determine why you're anemic and treat it appropriately. Normally the blood you receive is in your system for a few weeks only. ...Read more

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How can you tell if sideroblastic anemia requires transfusions?

Lab results: If the patient has severe anemia on lab tests or if the anemia is signifcant and causing symptoms to the patient such as fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, etc. Then blood transfusions are indicated. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about anemia and blood transfusions?

Anemia:: Anemia means your hemoglobin is low. When hemoglobin goes down to critical levels, you need a blood transfusion to increase your hemoglobin and correct your anemia. ...Read more

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Chronic anemia problems since Nov 14. Had 12 transfusions so far. H&h normally at 6.2 & 28% every 2 weeks. Any ideas as to a cause? Iron levels normal

Need a workup: Look Eric. You're either hemorrhaging or hemolyzing or not producing red cells. If one of my first-year medical students was caring for you, he/she would have told me by day 2 which of the three it was, based on elementary labs. Each has several sub-possibilities. If you value your life, get with a physician who's competent and with whom you can communicate. Your not knowing is unacceptable. ...Read more

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My grandpa is diagnosed of severe anemia and hes hospitalized now.been injcted of alternative for blood transfusion. Ur thoughts docs?Is ther a chance

My grandpa is diagnosed of severe anemia and hes hospitalized now.been injcted of alternative for blood transfusion. Ur thoughts docs?Is ther a chance

Ans: I do not understand what your question is? Chance for what? Sounds like bloid not low enough for a transfusion but perhaps iron injectmtions? But not really sure. He may also need a colonoscopy and endoscopy to see why he is loosing the blood ...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