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Could blood be donated to relatives? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 27-Sep-2013
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User:Hi Sir...
Doctor:How can I help you today?
User:I have one general question..,
User:Is it possible that blood donation can be given to a close relative..? Is it advisable or no..?
Doctor:Yes it can be given
Doctor:But still all the tests will be done on the blood of the donor
Doctor:ABO compatability will also be checked
Doctor:Rh compatability will also be checked
User:My mother's elder sister daughter is want of blood. She is low with Hemoglobin content and doctors advised that a blood transfusion will help.
Doctor:And who is the donor?
User:and at the same time they said not from me because I am from the same family tree..
Doctor:What was the reason given?
User:she is O+ive and me too.., So it is OK right..?
Doctor:They also check for blood transmitted infections
User:they said they usually do not transfuse if they are of close relatives because of possible side effects..
User:I was under an impression that rather to transfer blood from an unknown person, it is safe if i donate but then the doctors are refusing it so.., So was worried..
Doctor:There must be a medical reason forit
User:how to improve the hemoglobin content in blood..? Any suggestions..?
Doctor:Sometimes the same cause is also present in relatives
Doctor:It depends on the hemoglobin count and the cause for low hemoglobin
Doctor:Hematinics like dexorange syrup can be given
Doctor:With hematinics it usually takes 1 month for the hemoglobin to increase by 1 unit
User:I am a boy and she is a girl. All i had known is that she is got some profuse bleeding problem and hence the hemoglobin content went low.., They said the content was only about 6 dl/ml? I am not sure of the unit though (dl/ml?). but the number is around 6..
User:ok thank you.., I will check for dexorange syrup...,
Doctor:So the doctors are thinking of replacing the decreased factors along with blood
Doctor:Bleeding problem and low hemoglobin willbe taken care of at the same time with transfusing blood
Doctor:I hope you are understanding the reason
User:yes.., they said bcoz the Hg content is too low.., it is better to transfuse.., they had drips along with some medicine for now..,
User:I will check with the doctor...,
User:Thank you so much for your time and advise.., Thanks...
Doctor:Hope I helped
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me
User:you definitely did.., Have a good day!
Doctor:You too
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