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 Post subject: Blood Transfusions
PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:55 am 
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Just a word of caution - it seems that you can have anaphylaxis to traces of allergens in a blood transfusion! A friend of mine's coworker is in the ICU right now and this was one of many setbacks in her treatment. :frightened

How would anyone ever approach this situation? If you are requiring a transfusion it's not like you are in any condition to warn doctors about a potential allergic reaction. Does Canadian Blood Services track any of this stuff?

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 Post subject: Re: Blood Transfusions
PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 2:39 pm 
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Oh no! Thanks for letting us know. I hope your friend will be OK. Any idea which allergen?

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 Post subject: Re: Blood Transfusions
PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 2:47 pm 
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I did find this,
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The incidence of anaphylactic transfusion reactions is very rare and unknown. There is no systematic collection of data. Reported incidences from individual studies vary widely.

Recent studies suggest that the risk of severe allergic reactions (anaphylactoid and anaphylaxis) in Canada is approximately 1/25,000 units for red cell transfusions and 1/1600 platelet pools. (See Kleinman S in Further Reading).

http://www.transfusionmedicine.ca/resou ... anaphylact

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 Post subject: Re: Blood Transfusions
PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 5:15 pm 
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It was from a very severe tree nut allergy. (Much like me.) :freak

Thanks for the link, Susan. I'll pass it on to my friend. Their office is pretty shook up about the whole thing.

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 Post subject: Re: Blood Transfusions
PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:13 pm 
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I hope your friend is doing better.

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