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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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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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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 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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How common is hepatitis after a blood transfusion in the us now?

Less than before.: This is probably a lot less common than before due to vaccination for hepatitis b, and more diligent screening. The transmission of hepatitis c via transfusion is currently at a rate of about 1 in 2 million units. Hepatitis b is probably less than that. ...Read more

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A fever with blood transfusion. Is that common?

A fever with blood transfusion. Is that common?

Less than 1%: A fever can be a manifestation of different types of transfusion reactions. The more common one occurs in less than 1% of transfusions, is accompanied by chills, headache or vomiting and is of little concern. However, fever can also occur with some much severe reactions so the hospital blood bank will always test the unit of blood and will not reissue it. Always stop the transfusion first. ...Read more

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I live in the us, how common is it for me to get hepatitis b from a blood transfusion?

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I live in the  us, how common is it for me to get hepatitis b from a blood transfusion?

Rare: The chance to get transfused with hepatitis b contaminated blood product is estimated at 1/63, 000 - 1/500, 000 per unit of product. ...Read more

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Are blood transfusions common with e.Coli infections?

Are blood transfusions common with e.Coli infections?

No: People who sick with e. Coli infection will not be eligible to donate blood. Bacterial infections from transfusion are more of a problem from transfusion of platelets, a component of blood given to help stop bleeding. This is because platelets are stored at room temperature where bacteria can continue to grow in the platelet bag. These reactions, although uncommon, can be very severe. ...Read more

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Are blood transfusions common for preemies?

Are blood transfusions common for preemies?

Yes: Premi's in an ICU setting have blood taken for tests & although small amounts are used, baby doesn't have much & this adds up over time. They are also using much of their energy to mature & less so to make blood on their own. Anemia (too little blood) can slow growth & healing so efforts to keep babies levels up are part of trying to get them well. ...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