What are complications of blood transfusions in lower gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding?

Updated: Jul 26, 2019
  • Author: Burt Cagir, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Complications of blood transfusions can be summarized as acute and delayed hemolytic reactions, nonhemolytic reactions, and infectious diseases transmission. Complications related to massive blood transfusions are hypothermia, hypocalcemia, hyperkalemia, dilutional thrombocytopenia, and coagulation factor deficiencies.

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