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Intraperitoneal Blood Transfusion in African Adults with Hookworm Anaemia

Br Med J 1968; 3 doi: (Published 27 July 1968) Cite this as: Br Med J 1968;3:220
  1. J. M. Fowler,
  2. R. Knight,
  3. Kanti M. Patel


    Twenty-nine patients were given an intraperitoneal transfusion of blood. The procedure was found to be free of serious complications. Study of the absorption of an 51Cr-labelled cells from the peritoneum in 14 patients showed that between 35 and 100% of the blood was absorbed intact in 6 to 10 days. Intraperitoneal transfusion may be indicated as an alternative or as an addition to exchange transfusion in severe hookworm anaemia.