(London Telegraph) Male hospital patients receiving blood are more likely to die if they receive transfusions from a woman donor who has been pregnant, a new study suggests.
Researchers believe that antibodies acquired by women during pregnancy to protect the baby may trigger reactions in men which could prove fatal.
The most common cause of death was transfusion-related acute lung injury (Trali). Although the scientists warn that more studies are needed to replicate the findings, they say the results ‘if true, have significant clinical implications.’
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