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Does blood always go up after transfusions?
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Does blood always go up after transfusions?

Hello, my mother neded a blood transfusion lats week because her hemoglobin level was 7.7 and red blood cell levels were low. She was discharged at the hospital with a level of 9.0. A few days ago she went to the doctor for a blood tets and it was 10.7.

If the numbers are rising does this mean she is not losing blood somewhere? If she was still losing blood wouldnt the level go down? Or even if there is a place where blood is being lost, do all transfusions make levels go up regardless?

thanks
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Hi!
Yes, the blood picture improves after a blood transfusion with hemoglobin, MCH, hematocrit etc all improving. After a blood transfusion, the red blood cells can last for 90-100 days. The transfusion is given to avoid the side effects of low hemoglobin. This cannot treat the cause. Your mother needs to get investigations done to find the cause of low hemoglobin. Correcting the cause will help restore the normal red blood cell number. Take care!

The medical advice given should not be considered a substitute for medical care provided by a doctor who can examine you. The advice may not be completely correct for you as the doctor cannot examine you and does not know your complete medical history. Hence this reply to your post should only be considered as a guiding line and you must consult your doctor at the earliest for your medical problem.
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Yes if she was losing blood the level will go down.  But since they are going up that's a good thing.  I'm a hemophilic and have had blood and plasma transfusions. But that's another story.
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