Reasons for a transfusion

Reasons for a transfusion
Reasons for a transfusion

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Operation

You may need a red cell transfusion if you have lost a large amount of blood before or during surgery. A transfusion of platelets, plasma or clotting factors may be needed if any of these components are low or not working properly.

 

Reasons for a transfusion

There are many medical conditions or problems that might require different types of transfusion such as red cells, platelets and plasma. Some of the reasons a transfusion might be required include cancer, operations, blood problems, pregnancy and childbirth.

Cancer

Cancer can result in the need for a transfusion for a number of reasons including surgery, side effects of chemotherapy and as a result of the cancer itself.