Thomas F. Schorn, MD; William H. Knospe, MD
Delayed hemolytic transfusion reactions are extremely rare and are usually due to the transfusion of incompatible blood as a result of clerical errors (1). Most of these reactions are mild and unrecognized because they occur a long time after the causative transfusion (2-7). The primary immunizing events—pregnancy or a previous transfusion—may have occurred a long time ago and are often missed when the history is obtained. Only a few cases have been reported in which death could be attributed to a delayed hemolytic transfusion reaction as a result of shock, renal failure, and disseminated intravascular hemolysis (1, 6, 8).
Thomas F. Schorn, William H. Knospe. Fatal Delayed Hemolytic Transfusion Reaction without Previous Blood Transfusion. Ann Intern Med. 1989;110:241–242. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-110-3-241
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;110(3):241-242.
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