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Will My Daughter With Polycythemia Require Blood Transfusions
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do about infants suffering from erythroblasosis fetalis may require a massive 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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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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