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Can a jehovahs witness have a blood transfusion if its a matter of life and death?

Can a jehovahs witness have a blood transfusion if its a matter of life and death?

Depends: Most jehovah's witnesses will not accept blood even in a life threatening situation. Others will accept some blood products. Hemoglobin counts can be increased before surgery by medicines, use blood-sparing surgical techniques and donation of own blood (autologous) before surgery may be options. Bottom line: legally, competent adults can refuse transfusions even if it causes death. ...Read more

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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


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I will be getting blood transfusions for leukemia. I am scared to death. What can I expect from a blood transfusion?

I will be getting blood transfusions for leukemia. I am scared to death. What can I expect from a blood transfusion?

Safe procedure: Blood transfusions are a routine supportive treatment for those getting chemotherapy. For most people, it is just like getting fluids through an iv. Common side effects include fever and rash, but these can usually be avoided by giving a person tylenol (acetaminophen) and/or Benadryl before getting subsequent blood transfusions. It is a safe and routine procedure. ...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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What would cause a person to itch or get a rash while receiving a blood transfusion?

What would cause a person to itch or get a rash while receiving a blood transfusion?

Typical Reaction: Just like dr. Machtinger stated, blood mismatches can cause itch and rash. But the simple infusion of a "foreign" blood product can stimulate your mast cells to release histamine causing the itch and rash. Unless something more serious happens, maybe they could slow down the infusion rate and/or pre-treat you with an antihistamine to prevent this reaction in the future. ...Read more

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Is it true that an e-coli infection be caused by a blood transfusion?

Is it true that an e-coli infection be caused by a blood transfusion?

Maybe-not probable.: The e coli is most likely from a urinary tract infection (UTI) or from gut infection through contaminated meat, etc. Transfusion is a rare cause for any infection, but if it happens, it is usually with yersinia or some other bacteria, etc., though an e. Coli infection is possible, especially if there is an unclean environment, and the transfused product had an infection or was not well preserved. ...Read more

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Can blood transfusion cause koch's spine? How does the germs of spinal TB spread from one person to another?

Can blood transfusion cause koch's spine? How does the germs of spinal TB spread from one person to another?

No TB spreads by inh: Blood transfusion does not lead to koch's spine. Mycobacterium tuberculosis is the bacteria that causes TB and it spreads by inhalation of droplets coughed out by someone with tb. Once infected, the TB bug usually stays in the lungs but can spread to other parts of the body like brain, intestines or bones, causing tissue destruction in these parts. Treatment requires completion of dots therapy. ...Read more

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Today I saw a patient with jaundice she developed it only one day after blood transfusion so what are the causes ? Could it be haemolysis? ?

Today I saw a patient with jaundice she developed it only one day after blood transfusion so what are the causes ? Could it be haemolysis? ?

Probably: Most likely this is indeed hemolysis. It's usually but not always possible to pick up sensitivity to donor blood by a recipient; the Kidd blood group antibodies are expecially treacherous here. There are a variety of other causes of jaundice, including liver disease and bile duct obstruction. Blood transfusion saves many lives but the risks must always be weighed against benefits. ...Read more

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Will a blood transfusion cause the sickle cell trait?

Will a blood transfusion cause the sickle cell trait?

No. : Blood transfusions will not cause sickle trait. Sickle trait is an inherited disease. You will get it from one of your parents. ...Read more

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Could blood transfusion cause spider veins to a person? If not what could? My legs now hurt if i stood a lot & go red behind thou i didn't have it b4!

Could blood transfusion cause spider veins to a person? If not what could? My legs now hurt if i stood a lot & go red behind thou i didn't have it b4!

Doubtful: Spider veins form in those who stand a great deal and have genetic tendencies. I know of no link between spider veins and blood transfusion. You might want to try some compression wear to help keep them from hurting. If they continue to hurt see your doctor. ...Read more

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