P.H. Pinkerton, MD
To the Editor: I am surprised, indeed astonished, that the opening statement of the article by Schorn and Knospe (1) should have passed expert editorial scrutiny and proofreading. It contains two erroneous statements which would leave the relatively inexpert reader with two totally misleading impressions.
First, delayed hemolytic transfusion reactions are quite common and any busy hospital blood bank may expect to see several each year. Second, although such reactions are indeed caused by the transfusion of incompatible blood, this does not result from clerical error, but is a consequence of the fact that routine blood bank techniques for the
Pinkerton P. Frequency of Hemolytic Transfusion Reactions. Ann Intern Med. ;110:847. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-110-10-847_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;110(10):847.
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