Lawrence E. Young, M.D., F.A.C.P.
This content is PDF only. Please click on the PDF icon to access.
Every blood transfusion subjects the patient to hazards, some of which can be minimized by exercising necessary precautions while others cannot be reduced by methods now available. The following complications will be considered from the standpoints of incidence, pathogenetic mechanisms, and prevention: destruction of donated or autogenous red blood cells, isoimmunization with subsequent risk of hemolytic disease in offspring and increased risk of hemolytic reactions after future transfusions, reactions initiated by antibodies to leukocytes and platelets, thrombocytopenia after transfusion of large volumes of stored blood, circulatory overload, hepatitis, and toxic reactions due to use of contaminated blood.
The risks of
Learn more about subscription options.
Register Now for a free account.
Young LE. Complications of Blood Transfusion.. Ann Intern Med. 1964;60:326. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-60-2-326_2
Download citation file:
Published: Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(2_Part_1):326.
Results provided by:
Copyright © 2017 American College of Physicians. All Rights Reserved.
Print ISSN: 0003-4819 | Online ISSN: 1539-3704
Conditions of Use
This PDF is available to Subscribers Only