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Cautions and hazards of blood transfusion: a case of hyperviscosity syndrome

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Dr Ioannis Koutsavlis
Foundation Years Journal, volume 9, issue 3, p.59 (123Doc Education, London, March 2015)


Transfusion of blood products can be life saving in certain scenarios but careful assessment should be carried out to balance the risks and benefits. We explore situations where transfusion of red cells could potentially increase the risk of complications and give as example, a patient with severe anaemia and hyperviscosity syndrome. This article also addresses the management of acute transfusion reactions, a common scenario that junior doctors will have to tackle in their daily practice.

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Dr Ioannis Koutsavlis (Corresponding author)

ST4 Haematology, NHS Lothian,St John's Hospital,
Howden Road West, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 6PP


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