H. RAYMOND PETERS, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Mortality from blood transfusions has been variously quoted in the past as from 0.2 to 1 per cent. While today it is to be hoped that the rate generally has fallen even below 0.2 per cent, transfusion of blood unfortunately will probably always carry with it a certain fatality rate.
Where the transfused blood is compatible fatalities are only rarely reported and usually are due to the development of pulmonary edema. This is commonly ascribed to overburdening of the right side of a previously weakened heart. Still more rarely cerebral hemorrhage or embolism and pulmonary embolism may occur.
PETERS HR. ANURIA FOLLOWING HEMOLYTIC REACTION TO BLOOD TRANSFUSION; RECOVERY FOLLOWING SPLANCHNIC BLOCK1. Ann Intern Med. 1942;16:547–556. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-16-3-547
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1942;16(3):547-556.
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