Expert Video - Are blood transfusions safe? Are there risks?
MDS experts, Dr Rafael Bejar and Dr Casey O’Connell discuss the safety of blood transfusions for MDS-related anemia. They explain that blood transfusions are generally very safe because the donor blood is carefully tested for any potential disease. The main concern that doctors have is the risk that a patient may accumulate too much ironin the blood (“iron overload”) after multiple blood transfusions. They also talk about other risks that are extremely rare, including allergic reactions to donor blood, or low-level mismatch that reduces the effectiveness of the red blood cells being given.
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