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What are side effects from having a blood transfusion?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Usually none
Tranfusion of packed red blood cells will perhaps 1 time in 25 result in some mild allergy symptoms (sneeze, itch, etc.
) if you're allergic to something in the blood; 1 in 100 you get a mild fever because you're allergic to donor transplant antigens. Most common serious problem is lung damage. A few others exist. Risk of any infection is extremely low.

In brief: Usually none
Tranfusion of packed red blood cells will perhaps 1 time in 25 result in some mild allergy symptoms (sneeze, itch, etc.
) if you're allergic to something in the blood; 1 in 100 you get a mild fever because you're allergic to donor transplant antigens. Most common serious problem is lung damage. A few others exist. Risk of any infection is extremely low.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Depends on need
While blood transfusions are generally safe this treatment does have side effects and should be used judiciously.
However, far more important issue is the need for blood transfusion, given that half the transfused blood goes to people who are dead in six months. The need for transfusion generally is an indication of serious health issues.

In brief: Depends on need
While blood transfusions are generally safe this treatment does have side effects and should be used judiciously.
However, far more important issue is the need for blood transfusion, given that half the transfused blood goes to people who are dead in six months. The need for transfusion generally is an indication of serious health issues.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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