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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Blood Transfusion
Blood transfusions and access ports
Answer: Unless you are repeatedly opening your blood vessels, one transfusion should be all that you need. I am not sure that the cause of your anemia has been found. In any case, implanted ports tend to have less infections since there is a skin covering over the area, versus a cvp which exits through the skin. It is the break in the skin that provides the usual port of infection. However, any foreign body in any system of your body is prone to infection . A blood transfusion has several potential risks. First is infection - hepatitis, AIDS virus, bacterial, etc. The risk is low due to screening tests, but is not zero. Second is transfusion reactions. The likelihood of these rises with repeated infections. Again, good testing minimizes these, but they exist. Third, iron overload. This will not occur if blood is lost. However, repeated transfusions with losing iron (usually as lost blood) will cause iron build up in your system leading to potential dysfunction of your heart, liver, pancreas, etc.