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Will a blood transfusion help in increase of hemoglobin?

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Hello. Will a blood transfusion for low hemoglobin 8.7 (needs to be 11) be a lasting fix to this problem? What can I do to raise this level quickly ? Also, tell me please, the fastest and best way to lift Albumin levels. Mine is at 2.7. Need to be at 3.5 in 18 days. Is it possible? Actually, I have 18 days to raise both levels.
Posted Sat, 1 Feb 2014 in Medicines and Side Effects
Answered by Dr. Shoaib Khan 1 hour later
Brief Answer: All queries addressed ma'am Detailed Answer: Hello ma'am and welcome. Thank you for writing to us. I should rightfully start by saying that it is protocol to always rule out/diagnose a bleed when anemia is seen. Anemia in majority of cases is caused due to bleeding from some part of the body. 1. So the answer to your first question would be: No, if there is a cause for the anemia, like a bleed, correction with the help of a blood transfusion will only temporarily help. The bleeding will result in a drop in the hemoglobin levels again. 2. There are two approaches to treating a low hemoglobin level. For a slightly low level we prescribe supplements and for a really low level a blood transfusion is advised. The best way to raise the hemoglobin level is with the help of a blood transfusion. 3. You can discuss this with your healthcare provider who will advise a high-calorie, high protein diet with supplementation as well. This has to be done under the supervision of your doctor as the protein and calorie intake has to be calculated as per the individual requirement I hope you find my response both helpful and informative. Please feel free to write back to me for any further clarifications, I would be more than happy to help you. Best wishes.
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Follow-up: Will a blood transfusion help in increase of hemoglobin? 6 hours later
Hello, thank you for this reply. The blood loss was caused by a one time bleed from an accident. I am scheduled to begin a Trial to treat my Hep C & have until Feb 1 to raise Hemo & Albimin. Knowing this information, will a transfusion help to keep this blood level raised? High protein for Albumin, yes. The question, yes or no, can both these be raised by February 1?
Answered by Dr. Shoaib Khan 21 minutes later
Brief Answer: Yes it is achievable Detailed Answer: Hello once again. As this was a one time bleed, then yes, we can achieve good and permanent results from blood transfusions. Although your liver is infected, and this may result in a slow pick up of your albumin and hemoglobin levels, I am assuming we can raise these levels by February 1st. Also, if I may ask, why is there a deadline to raise these levels ma'am? Wishing you lots of luck to achieve your target and please feel free to keep in touch. God bless.
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Follow-up: Will a blood transfusion help in increase of hemoglobin? 10 hours later
Thank you! The deadline is because I am to begin a very positive, thus far, successful all oral drug trial to treat my Hep C (caused by a transfusion 33 years ago). Very promising for me! However, to be included in the trial (phase 3) hemo needs to be at 10.8 and Albumin 3.5. At the moment, because of blood loss, hemo is 8.7 and albumin 2.7. I'm taking 325mg iron twice daily. Eating many grams of protein, good quality & clean, resting well and having gentle exercise daily. Will ask my Dr about transfusion. What else can I do to lift these levels?
Answered by Dr. Shoaib Khan 30 minutes later
Brief Answer: Need transfusion to meet the deadline Detailed Answer: Hello once again ma'am. Thank you for that information. There are only 2 approaches to correcting a low level of hemoglobin: 1. Find the cause of bleed and stop it 2. Correct the low level of hemoglobin with: a. Diet b. Oral supplements c. Blood transfusions You are doing all of this except for the blood transfusions ma'am. The oral supplements and diet take quite some time to correct the level of hemoglobin, if you wish to get quicker resukts I would recommend a blood transfusion. With just the supplements and diet, it may not be possible to meet the deadline. Hope this helps ma'am. Wishing you lots of luck and love. God bless.
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