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Can blood transfusion can reduce risk of high bilirubin in adults (female metastatic breastcancer patient)?

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In brief: No

If anything transfused red cells have a higher turnover rate than native red cells.
Since bilirubin is a breakdown product of hemoglobin it could raise bilirubin levels.

In brief: No

If anything transfused red cells have a higher turnover rate than native red cells.
Since bilirubin is a breakdown product of hemoglobin it could raise bilirubin levels.
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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: No

If the bilirubin is high in metastatic breast cancer it suggests significant spread to the liver, a side effect from chemotherapy, or underlying liver disease (such as cirrhosis, chron hepatitis, etc.
Blood transfusions have older blood in them (and blood breakdown products) that actually increase bilirubin if given to patients with preexisting liver disease.

In brief: No

If the bilirubin is high in metastatic breast cancer it suggests significant spread to the liver, a side effect from chemotherapy, or underlying liver disease (such as cirrhosis, chron hepatitis, etc.
Blood transfusions have older blood in them (and blood breakdown products) that actually increase bilirubin if given to patients with preexisting liver disease.
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