Posted by Judy on April 29, 1999 at 10:30:19
My son had a virus and was hospitalized for dehydration. The next day he had seizures and had such a low red blood cell count that he was given 3 blood transfusions. The doctors said that the virus had something to do with his rbs's dropping. How can this be possible?
Posted by hfhs.m.d.l.m on April 29, 1999 at 23:23:14
Dear Judy ;
Certain viruses have the capability of suppressing or arresting the red cell line production in the bone marrow , such as the parvovirus responsible for "erythema infectiousum " or slapped cheeks syndrome , characterized by a high fever , flushed cheeks and febrile seizures .Other occasions , the body's immune system produces antibodies against a specific virus that may recognize the red cells as foreign cells , bind to them and destroy them as in the hemolytic anemia of infectious mononucleosis caused by the ( EBV ).
Three transfusions is quite significant . Viral infections don't tend to produce remarkable anemia . Hemoglobin levels may decrease from 10-12 down to 7-9 gm/dl unless there was underlying blood loss , underlying low red cell count or hemolytic disorder such as sickle cell anemia .
Thank you for your question
Disclaimer : this information is intended for educational purposes only .
Keywords : Parvovirus B19 infections , anemia
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.