RBC Transfusion Linked to Improved Survival After Intracerebral Hemorrhage
In patients with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH)—a type of stroke caused by bleeding inside the brain—transfusion with red blood cells may improve the chances of survival, reports a study in the May issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.
Packed red blood cell transfusions are sometimes used to
treat anemia occurring after ICH. The new study, led by Dr. Kevin N. Sheth of
University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, suggests that patients who
receive these transfusions are nearly three times more likely to survive.
Dr. Sheth and colleagues previously found that ICH patients who develop anemia are at increased risk of death. In the current study, they sought to determine whether packed red blood cell transfusions to treat anemia lead to improved outcomes of ICH.
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