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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?

Leukemia means your: Marrow has been hijacked by cells that crowd out normal products produced there: red cells, white cells and platelets. Treatment aims at destroying the bad guys, but you may need transfusions of any or all of the healthy cells until your normal marrow function is restored. There are transfusion reactions, but usually a lot less scary than leukemia and treatment. Good luck! ...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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What would cause my hgb to keep dropping? I have had 2 blood transfusions within 2 weeks.

What would cause my hgb to keep dropping? I have had 2 blood transfusions within 2 weeks.

Anemia: Bleeding or hemolysis. A rapid decline in red cells is either from bleeding or red cell destruction (hemolysis). Heavy menses can cause it, or GI bleeding from the stomach or intestines. A thorough evaluation is necessary. ...Read more

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Can blood transfusions causes strokes?

Can blood transfusions causes strokes?

There: Are reports in the medical literature suggesting increased risk of stroke and heart attack in patients receiving transfusions perioperatively. This is a complex issue beyond scope of this site. Discuss your concerns with your surgeon. Also talk to hematologist if needed. ...Read more

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What is the cause of low blood pressure, two blood transfusions?

What is the cause of low blood pressure, two blood transfusions?

? : I'm not clear about your question - you required 2 blood transfusions? Blood loss will cause both low blood pressure and may require blood transfusions. Are you bleeding? Alternatively, nearly any chronic disease will cause anemia and, if you're ill and not eating and drinking properly, can also result in low blood pressure, especially if infection is present. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of low blood pressure if I had two blood transfusions?

What could be the cause of low blood pressure if I had two blood transfusions?

Vasodilation : Transient mild decreases in blood pressure during a transfusion are often due to nonspecific factors in the transfused blood which produces peripheral vasodilation. ...Read more

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Blood transfusions 4x n a year, 5-6 units each time what could cause server anemia like this when no bleedouts can b found etc. Taking Coumadin (warfarin) 4 clots?

Blood transfusions 4x n a year, 5-6 units each time what could cause server anemia like this when no bleedouts can b found etc. Taking Coumadin (warfarin) 4 clots?

Hemolysis: There are multiple possibilities. Blood loss can be present without visible bleeding. Your severe anemia sounds like you are not producing enough red cells, regardless of whether you are bleeding or not. You should see a hemotologist for a full workup, including a bone marrow biopsy. ...Read more

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What could possibly cause purple dottie rash all over the body and extreme weight loss, depletion of platelets? Also depletion of blood causing a need for both blood and platelets transfusions and a low grade fever! something is depleting everything my s

What could possibly cause purple dottie rash all over the body and extreme weight loss, depletion of platelets? Also depletion of blood causing a need for both blood and platelets transfusions and a low grade fever! something is depleting everything my s

This : This sounds like thrombocytopenic purpura. It can be caused by a variety of conditions, but sometimes there is no cause identified (in which case it's called idiopathic.) if she is not being seen by a hematologist, she definitely should be. Has she been exposed to heparin? This is a common intravenous or subcutaneous medication that can cause a similar picture in patients who are sensitive to it. ...Read more

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How safe is a blood transfusion?

How safe is a blood transfusion?

Very safe: Blood donors are screened for diseases and medications. Blood products are screened for infectios agents, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Blood banks store blood for a limited period of time only. ...Read more

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How healthy is blood transfusion?

How healthy is blood transfusion?

59 deaths in 2013: Acute reactions include: hemolytic;febrile, non-hemolytic;bacterial contamination;allergic / anaphylaxis; ransfusion-related acute lung injury (trali) transfusion-associated circulatory overload (taco) chronic reactions include: hemolytic; transfusion associated graft vs. Host disease (ta-gvhd);platelet refractoriness;post transfusion purpura;infectious disease;iron overload. ...Read more