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Transfusion Not Always Best Treatment for Anemia, Age of Stored Blood May Play a Role

The age of stored blood may be associated with risk beyond commonly-held concerns of blood transfusions. While still a life-saving measure in emergency situations such as acute bleeding, emerging evidence suggests that transfusions may, in fact, be associated with risk beyond commonly-held concerns of microbial transmission and acute reactions. Researchers are currently trying to understand the mechanism behind this observed deleterious effect of transfusion, which seems to correlate with the duration of storage of blood (blood for transfusion may currently be stored up to 42 days).

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