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?
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!
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