What are the side effects to blood transfusion recipient?

Chemotherapy, radiation and some diseases such as aplastic anemia and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) can cause unsafe low levels of blood cells. Using donated blood, transfusions are a way to temporarily increase the number of blood cells. There are different types of blood transfusions to match the types of blood cells a patient may need.

Many patients get blood transfusions after a bone marrow or cord blood transplant. These could be transfusions of red blood cells, platelets, or rarely, white blood cells.

  • Red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body.
  • White blood cells help fight infection.
  • Platelets help control bleeding.

Red blood cell transfusion

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Platelet transfusion

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White blood cell transfusion

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What to expect during transfusions

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Blood transfusion side effects and risks

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Talk with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about blood transfusions.