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Hgb level for transfusion

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    what is the lowest the hgb should be, for an MDS patient to get a transfusion?

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    Brad Smith
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    My wife is the patient but we have never seen a consistent cutoff for transfusion. She has been in the 5-7 range and gotten 1-2 units. I suspect that there are more things to look at rather than just the hgb number.

    #49904
    Cheryl McCall
    Participant

    My Hgb is between 8 and 9 and I’ve been told I’m not sick enough for blood transfusion, or participation in a clinical study. And at 68 I’m too old for a bone marrow transplant. Guess I should feel lucky the doctor bothers to see me once a month.

    #49933
    Richard Lin
    Participant

    It is usually the symptoms of anemia, tiredness/shortness of breath, that determines when to transfuse. Re: age and transplant – it is the biological age of your body that matters. See a blog I wrote a few years back:
    https://www.cancer.net/blog/2018-08/bone-marrow-transplants-and-older-adults-3-important-questions

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