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Blood Transfusions Causing Lung Injuries

Doctors across the United States are stumped regarding why some patients receiving blood transfusions are developing a rare and often fatal lung injury.

It has reportedly been a year since blood banks ruled out the most likely source of what causes the injuries so the investigation continues.

Injuries Still Being Reported

Last year, the American Red Cross stopped their use of women’s plasma for transfusions due to the adverse reactions that were linked to antibodies carried by pregnant women.

The antibodies were found to be clashing with white blood cells.

However, even after the transition to all-male plasma, at least five lung injuries were reported to the

Red Cross Northern Ohio region in the past year.

Transfusion Related Acute Lung Injury

The blood transfusion complication is referred to as Transfusion Related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI).

The condition reportedly has been occurring in one in 5,000 transfusions.

“I don’t think we can say for sure we’ve identified all potential antibodies that cause the reaction,” explains Dr. Timothy Beddow, who heads the blood bank at MetroHealth Medical Center in

Cleveland. “I think there are more out there.”

(Source: The Plain Dealer)

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