Doctor insights on: Would you get shingles from a blood transfusion
Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)
A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more
65 death in 2012:
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
Relatively: If you really need blood, worth the risk. The greatest danger is lung damage, which is thankfully only a real problem in 1 person out of about 5000; most folks recover. Fatal type mismatches are rare today. Hives and fever are nuisances but fairly common. Blood is screened for hepatitis b and c, HIV 1 and 2, and several other viruses using 21st century technology and the risk is extremely low. ...Read more
Getting a blood transfusion is a serious issue and not a do it yourself matter. If you are in the US why do you want to get a transfusion in Thailand? It would be prudent to talk to your doctor about your health issue, if you have one.
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No: There may be extremly rare exceptions but a variety of reasons prevent this from happening including the careful screening of blood, the difference in the make up of individuals, the refrigerated storage of blood, use of leuko depletion to removed white blood cells, etc. ...Read more
No.: It's very unlikely. First the donor, who appears completely healthy, would have to have cancer cells in their blood, such as with leukemia, and not know it. The donated unit must pass the all the lab tests. Finally the donor and the recipient would have to be a tissue match, not just have compatible blood. The odds there are less than 1 in 10, 000 if the blood is not from a relative. ...Read more
59 Deaths in 2013: Transfusion is safer today than ever, but as any other intervention in medicine has risks associated with it. The infectious disease most commonly associated with transfusion is bacterial contamination in platelet components about 1 in 12, 000 transfusions. To put it in perspective HIV is about 1 in 2 million. The most common adverse event (1%) is fever and hives along with volume overload (TACO) ...Read more
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
Environmental likely: This is likely aquired through your environment, particularly when dealing with cats. Since they pass it out with their feces, it can be aquired through outdoor exposure, especially if walking barefoot. It can possibly be aquired through blood transfusion, like cmv, but more likely one has already got it and the immune system handles it. If immunosuppressed, like in aids, it can reactivate. ...Read more
Yes: Pancytopenia means a deficiency in all three major types of blood cells - white, red, and platelets. A blood transfusion would help 1 or more of those. However, it depends on the cause of the pancytopenia. Some conditions could result in destruction of the new blood products fairly quickly. ...Read more
My haemoglobin level is 7.6. How long will it take to get that back to normal without a blood transfusion?
3-6 months: With iron replacement, 3-6 months. Need to make sure it is iron deficiency and not another cause. Hope this helps. ...Read more
During a blood transfusion if you get a fever and no other problem is this a dangerous transfusion reaction?
Maybe: If there are no other symptoms it may be a reaction to something else. However, your physicians can easily investigate the presence/absence of a reaction, and the transfusion should be stopped at the first sign of one. ...Read more
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