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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is 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


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How dangerous is it to get a blood transfusion?

How dangerous is it to get a blood transfusion?

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

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How safe is it for a person to get a blood transfusion?

How safe is it for a person to get a blood transfusion?

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

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Would you get leukemia from a blood transfusion?

Would you get leukemia from a blood transfusion?

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

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Can a baby get CMV from blood transfusion?

Can a baby get CMV from blood transfusion?

Possible but...: Since all the donor blood and its products are screened for cmv, transmission of this virus through transfusion is very unlikely. Cmv is ubiquitous, and about 3% of healthy newborns are reported to excrete this virus in their urine. ...Read more

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Can you get cancer from a blood transfusion?

Can you get cancer from a blood transfusion?

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

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Can a person with aids still get a blood transfusion?

Can a person with aids still get a blood transfusion?

Yes: A person with hiv/aids can receive a blood transfusion and this is done if the person is very anemic and has lost blood. However, a person with hiv/aids cannot give blood for concern of spreading HIV infection to uninfected people. ...Read more

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I have hemoglobin e. Can I get blood transfusion if I need it?

I have hemoglobin e. Can I get blood transfusion if I need it?

Need more info: You don't state if you are a hemoglobin ee or e trait or a combination with beta thalassemia. Patients with these illnesses can have anemia, often severe. The treatment is blood transfusions and they will temporarily correct the anemia. ...Read more

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How safe is a blood transfusion? How likely is it I'll get HIV?

How safe is a blood transfusion? How likely is it I'll get HIV?

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

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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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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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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more