New study on age of transfused red cells
Another good reason to ask for fresher red cells. This study show that the longer the blood is stored, more damage to the red cells occur. They suggest discarding red cells at 5 week vs 6 weeks. The higher level of damaged cells in the transfused blood makes it difficult for the body to metabolize the excess iron in the bloodstream and can be problematic especially if you have an infection.
Bacteria thrives in an iron rich environment.
Marlene, wife to John DX w/SAA April 2002, Stable partial remission; Treated with High Dose Cytoxan, Johns Hopkins, June 2002. Final phlebotomy 11/2016. As of January 2017, FE is 233, HGB 11.7, WBC 5.1/ANC 4.0, Plts 146K.