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Sickle Cell Anemia Patient. Having blood transfusions. Normally I receive IVs weekly thru my veins. Will this process keep my Blood being strong & not cause any damage to my kidney & Liver?

Hi! I am a Sickle Cell Anemia Patient 33yrs young. My Primary Doctor has patients who giving themselve IVs@home. after traing. He offered me the opportunity to do this after receiving Blood Tranfusions & the couple of Bags of Fluid given at that time also. In order to make sure my Kidneys & Liver are not under-supplied from the increase of Iron I just received.
The Blood Tranfusions I receive are from 3 to 31/2 months.
He wants to have the Techs teach me to do IVs for a period of 4days after a Blood Transfusion... not thru my Veins BUT under my skin into the little Fat I have.
My Question: Normally I receive IVs weekly thru my veins. Will this new Process Keep my Blood from being so strong as well as to not cause any damage to my kidney & Liver from the strong Blood/Iron I recieve on a Regular Basis?
I Trust my Doctor, but my sister isn't sure about this procedure. It would also Free me up from months of weekly visits just for IV fluid, smile. Still, I want to do whats right.
So, will a4days give me the same results without harming my kidney & Liver?
Asked On : Mon, 8 Apr 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response

Thanks for writing to health care magic.

Do you mean to say that you will have blood transfusion in the subcutaneous tissue or fat? That is not possible.

You do not need IV fluids if you are a sickle cell anemia patient. There is no indication for regular IV fluid in sickle cell anemia.

Are you mentioning regarding IRON lowering drugs?

Certain medications like hydroxy urea are important in sickle cell anemia. Please ask your doctor regarding those medications.

Continue to ask further queries as required.
Hope this helps.
Take care.
Dr Y V Siva Sankara Murty
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Answered: Thu, 4 Jul 2013
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