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March 22, 1941

RENAL INSUFFICIENCY FOLLOWING TRANSFUSION: REPORT OF THIRTEEN CASES

Author Affiliations

WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1941;116(12):1208-1215. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820120022007
Abstract

During the past few years we have had the opportunity to observe 5 instances of renal failure after transfusion. Indeed, one of us in the course of his private practice within a few months was called to see 3 patients with this condition. In none of these cases had the attending physician thought of the transfusion as a causative factor in his patient's illness. It seems probable, therefore, that it occurs more commonly than is generally realized and that frequently the diagnosis is not made. Those patients who are treated with transfusions of blood are often suffering from some severe illness which in itself may cause renal failure, so the transfusion is too often not considered the cause of the difficulty. Since the methods of grouping, cross matching and transfusing blood have been perfected, transfusion has become so common that respect for its hazards has waned. There is no branch

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