Cruising for a Bruising
A 41-year-old woman with a history of menorrhagia is referred to the emergency department (ED) because of severe anemia, hemoglobin (Hgb) level 5.5 g/dL, and dyspnea on exertion. The patient has had multiple pregnancies but no transfusions and reports taking no medications other than over-the-counter multivitamins. A type and screen sample (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid [EDTA] anticoagulant) is submitted to the blood bank along with a request for transfusion of two units of red blood cells (RBCs).
KeywordsFetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia/FNAIT Hemovigilance HPA-1a Post-transfusion purpura/PTP Thrombocytopenia
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