Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Allergic Reactions from Blood Transfusions?

Doctors in the Netherlands recently reported that a 6-year-old boy with an allergy to peanuts went into anaphylactic shock after receiving a blood transfusion from donors who had been snacking on them. 

Apparently 3 of 5 donors had had peanuts the night before donating blood.  This is not paranoia, it's legit, and just appeared in the NEJM.

Non-nerdy peeps will prefer the quick, layperson's read, found here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh that's just perfect. Makes sense, I guess. I mean, how many things were you supposed to stop eating because you could transfer it to Mini when you fed her?