When is blood transfusion indicated in the treatment of anemia?

Updated: Nov 26, 2019
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Transfusion of packed red blood cells (RBCs) should be reserved for patients who are actively bleeding and for patients with a severe and symptomatic anemia. [16] Transfusion is palliative and should not be used as a substitute for specific therapy. In chronic diseases associated with anemia of chronic disorders, erythropoietin may be helpful in averting or reducing transfusions of packed RBCs.

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