Expert Video - How often could I need a blood transfusion for MDS-related anemia?
MDS experts, Dr Rafael Bejar and Dr Casey O’Connell describe how often a patient might need a blood transfusion for MDS-related anemia. Generally, two units of packed red blood cells (RBCs) can last a patient for four weeks. Unfortunately, over time there are factors that can reduce the success or longevity of blood transfusions in some patients. For example, some patients can develop antibodies to the transfused RBCs, thus requiring blood transfusions every two weeks instead of four. The experts also address the opposite case, where some patients with only mild anemia can function on a single unit of blood and may not need a transfusion for a couple of months.
Share with family and friends:
Click here to take our SURVEY Your feedback is important to us! We will use your feedback to develop future areas of content about AML which will help other patients, caregivers and families.
This educational activity has been developed by the Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation, Inc. and Mechanisms in Medicine Inc.
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Acceleron Pharma, Celgene Corporation, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Novartis, and Takeda Oncology.
This website is part of the Animated Patient™ series developed by Mechanisms in Medicine Inc., to provide highly visual formats of learning for patients to improve their understanding, make informed decisions, and partner with their healthcare professionals for optimal outcomes.