Expert Video - When do people with MDS-related anemia need blood transfusions?
MDS experts, Dr Rafael Bejar and Dr Casey O’Connell discuss how they determine when blood transfusions areneeded for MDS-related anemia. They explain that it is a very individualized decision, depending on the hemoglobin levels and symptoms of each patient. Patients with hemoglobin levels in the eight to nine range might be considered for a blood transfusion to see if they feel better. Patients whose hemoglobin levels are below the seven range will be considered for a blood transfusion, even if they don’t show any symptoms. The experts mention that some patients say they don’t feel any symptoms of tiredness or fatigue, but after a blood transfusion they feel a noticeable improvement.
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