Diseases Acquired through Blood Transfusions
Barry G. Doyle
It is difficult to estimate how many blood transfusion mistakes are made every year. What can be said with certainty is that when blood transfusion mistakes do occur, they can lead to devastating consequences.
The risk of acquiring a deadly or lifelong incurable disease is an unfortunate reality when it comes to blood transfusion mistakes. This type of mistake can completely change the course of an individual's life.
Medical professionals can avoid the majority of blood transfusion mistakes. Doctors and other medical professionals owe a standard of care to their patients that prevents further injury. If there is a failure to do so, it can lead to unfortunate consequences for the patient, not to mention a medical malpractice claim.
Some of the diseases that can be acquired through blood transfusion mistakes include:
- Hepatitis B;
- Hepatitis C;
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV);
- Human T-lymphocytotrophic Virus (HTLV-1);
- Hepatitis G Virus (HGV);
- Transfusion Transmitted Virus (TTV);
- Cytomegalovirus (CMV);
- Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD);
- Lyme disease;
- Chagas disease;
- Babesiosis; and
Medical negligence can lead to serious injuries or death. If you have been the victim of a blood transfusion mistake, you should speak with an Aurora medical malpractice lawyer. They will advocate on your behalf for the damages to which you may be eligible.
Contacting an Aurora Medical Malpractice Lawyer
At the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C, our Aurora medical malpractice attorneys will examine all aspects of your claim, determine liability and aggressively pursue the full amount of compensation due to you or your loved one for any injuries or loss of life as the result of medical malpractice. Contact us today for a no-cost case evaluation - 312-263-1080.
1 Comments to "Diseases Acquired through Blood Transfusions"
1)KS and HHV-8 - While there appears to be association between Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS) and human herpes virus-8 (HHV-8) and), it is said to be unproven whether or not the virus is transfusion transmitted. Also, if it is transfusion transmitted, is it associated with development of KS. Again we see here at this time, in our opinion, another case of under-researching, under-investigating and extremely under-reporting.
2)Malaria - The popular statement, routinely given is that "malaria is rarely transmitted by Blood products." The number of transfusion associated cases of malaria, however, is at an all-time high. There are no practical laboratory tests available to test donor Blood, so donors travelling to high risk malaria areas are often deferred from donating Blood for six months. This policy, however, is not evenly applied in all areas and, believe it or not, depends on the honor system to work.
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