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Will my daughter with polycythemia require blood transfusions?

Will my daughter with polycythemia require blood transfusions?

No: Polycythemia means there are to many blood cells. She may need a reverse exchange transfusion, where Normal Saline is given in the same amount blood is removed. ...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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My daughter is a beta thalassaemia major patient & taking regular blood transfusion for 10 yrs. Now she has hep c type 4 &viral load is 133964. Cure?

My daughter is a beta thalassaemia major patient & taking regular blood transfusion for 10 yrs. Now she has hep c type 4 &viral load is 133964. Cure?

Don't rush: Young people tend to have fairly slow progression of liver damage wit hepatitis c. The pace of new drug development over the next 5-10 years will transform this disease. Get informed. Follow sophisticated websites like natap.Org for the latest clinical trial data. Today, treatment of hcv in people like your child is complicated, but we will have easier to tolerate regimens in genotype 4 in 2-4 y. ...Read more

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What to do about infants suffering from erythroblasosis fetalis may require a massive blood transfusion?

What to do about infants suffering from erythroblasosis fetalis may require a massive blood transfusion?

Discuss with special: Complex subject that really can't be answered in this forum. Recommend treatment at a teaching hospital in a major pediatric hospital. Here's is some information: http://www.chw.org/medical-care/neonatology/nicu/hydrops-fetalis-erythroblastosis-fetalis/ ...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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I'm anemic and prefer an autogolous blood donation. Am I eligible? Having surgery that may require a blood transfusion. I do not want someone else's!!

I'm anemic and prefer an autogolous blood donation. Am I eligible? Having surgery that may require a blood transfusion. I do not want someone else's!!

Impractical: If you are anemic, you cannot donate blood for your surgery. If the surgery is elective, you should get the anemia treated first. Depending on the type of surgery you need, you may not need a transfusion. It would be prudent to discuss all this with your doctor who knows more about your health. ...Read more

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Why would my friend's 11 year old daughter, who has been hospitalized for three days, need a blood transfusion for pneumonia?

Why would my friend's 11 year old daughter, who has been hospitalized for three days, need a blood transfusion for pneumonia?

Hard to say: You don't treat pneumonia with blood. However, if a kid's system is weakened by anemia, they are more susceptible to sickness (like getting pneumonia), and will not respond to treatment as well if you don't correct the anemia.She may have been borderline for a while and the illness led to tests that showed her need for blood.You want to fix all the issues. ...Read more

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My baby might need a blood transfusion but i’m a jehovah’s witness. I don’t know what to do.?

My baby might need a blood transfusion but i’m a jehovah’s witness. I don’t know what to do.?

Call the JW: In our hospital we have a good relationship with jehovah's witnesses. They have specially trained people that will advise you about blood transfusion and the ways that you can sometimes get around having to have a blood transfusion. These specialists will work with your doctor or hospital so that you and they are informed. I would rely on your specialists in your faith. ...Read more

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Can you tell me anything about blood transfusion?

Can you tell me anything about blood transfusion?

Plenty: To be able to accomplish a blood transfusion there has to be a blood donor that gives blood to a blood bank, then it is processed and tested before it can be transfused to a compatible recipient. It is a prescribed product and its major indication is the need to increase oxygen carrying capacity in an anemic patient with symptoms of low oxygen. Also platelets or plasma are other products available ...Read more

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Will i need to get tested after a blood transfusion?

Not necessarily: Unless there is a specific concern, then there is no real need, as the blood banking system is very careful in testing the units it receives prior to release, with most infectious diseases having about an 1:1, 000, 000 risk. For more information, see: http://www.Redcrossblood.Org/hospitals/infectious-disease-testing. ...Read more

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Why can't a person who has had a blood transfusion give blood for a year?

Why can't a person who has had a blood transfusion give blood for a year?

Disease prevention: Some times, though rarely, infections may be transmitted through transfusion. Blood banks defer people who may have been exposed to infections for a year before being eligible to donate. The deferal includes getting tatoo. ...Read more