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).
Schorn TF, Knospe WH. Fatal Delayed Hemolytic Transfusion Reaction without Previous Blood Transfusion. Ann Intern Med. ;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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