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Increased risk of death for men given blood transfusions from previously pregnant women, study shows

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4795 (Published 17 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4795
  1. Jacqui Wise

Men given blood transfusions from women who have previously been pregnant have an increased mortality risk compared with men who receive a transfusion from a male donor or from a woman without a history of pregnancy, an analysis published in JAMA has shown.1

The researchers speculate that the association may be because of immunological changes that occur during pregnancy or a difference in iron status between women who have ever been pregnant and male donors. But they said that further studies are needed to replicate their findings, determine their …

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