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I have a hemoglobin level of I need a transfusio

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I have a hemoglobin level of I need a transfusion?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Rogala replied 6 years ago.

Thank you for your question.


No you don't need a transfusion for a HBG of 8.4, in general.


However, you did not state what the cause of your anemia is. If you have been worked up and it is rom heavy periods or a known chronic disease and is being treated with Ferrous sulfate or whatever other medication is appropriate, a blood transfusion is entirely unnecessary.


However, if you were having a gastrointestinal bleed, they would definitely type and crossmatch you and consider doing this if your counts continued to drop.


Many years ago, you would have been given a transfusion for a low level, but not now with the incidence of hepatitis, HIV, antibody reactions, etc. It is not considered the first line of therapy.


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