Hemorrhaging disorders are manageable. You should have regular treatment two to three times per week to prevent excessive bleeding. Treatment can be given by a doctor or at home. Avoid physical activity that is likely to cause injury or use protective gear as a preventive measure.
Eric C. Santos, MD
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What is meant by a universal blood donor?
A universal blood donor is someone whose blood type is O negative. Blood type is a designation of two sets of proteins (called antigens) on the outside of red blood cells. One antigen type is the A, B, O type and the other is the Rh type (either positive or negative).
Type O blood lacks antigens on the outside of the red blood cells. This means that our immune system will not react to the blood because there is no antigen to react against. Similarly, Rh negative blood lacks the Rh antigens on the outside of the blood cells, so once again there are no proteins for our immune system to react against. This lack of antigens means that type O negative blood can be transfused in people of any blood type; hence, the term universal blood donor.
How is hemolytic-uremic syndrome diagnosed?
Hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) can be diagnosed by blood tests and by testing your urine for blood and protein. During a blood test, blood is drawn so cells may be examined for damage. Testing the blood is also done to check for an increase in the amount of white blood cells (the cells used to fight infection) and a decrease in the red blood cells or platelets (the cells that become damaged).
You may be asked to provide a sample of your urine so they can test it for blood and protein. Blood and protein in the urine both signify a problem with your kidneys.
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