Reasons for Blood Transfusion

When your doctor informs you that you need the Blood Transfusion procedure performed it can be scary. Learn exactly what the procedure involves, the reasons it needs to be performed and what the next steps could be.


Why Blood Transfusion is Performed

Reasons for Procedure

A blood transfusion should help increase your level of blood cells or other specific blood products. It may be needed if you have:

  • Blood and fluid loss due to injury, surgery, or disease
  • Severe anemia
  • Bleeding disorders, such as von Willebrand's disease or hemophilia
  • Poor immune system
  • Leukemia
  • Diseases that result in destruction of blood cells or bone marrow
  • Side effects of certain medicines (eg, chemotherapy for cancer)
Possible Complications

Your doctor will review any possible complications with you. Complications from a blood transfusion are rare but may include:

  • Allergic reactions due to the mismatching of blood types can occur but are very rare.
  • Certain infections, such as hepatitis or HIV , can be passed on during blood transfusions, but this is very rare. Many steps and tests are done to thoroughly check donated blood for such infections before anyone is allowed to receive it.


Learn what Blood Transfusion is
What Is
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Reasons For Blood Transfusion
Reasons For
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Blood Transfusion Complications
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
Blood Transfusion Details
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
Blood Transfusion Results
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
When to Contact Doctor about Blood Transfusion
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.

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