Blood Transfusion

A blood transfusion is rarely needed for nutritional anemia. It may be needed if RBCs are at a very low level. Transfusions will boost healthy RBCs right away. They will only provide temporary relief. Other treatment will need to be done to make sure the body is making enough new RBCs.

The blood is donated. It's screened fully before being given to someone else.

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Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcin Chwistek, MD