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What are the efficacy and safety of prophylactic platelet transfusions used to prevent bleeding before common invasive procedures?
What are the consequences, clinically and immunologically, of ABO or Rh type specific vs. non-type specific platelet transfusions? There is widely varying practice as to ABO and Rh matching of platelets for transfusion. Most studies demonstrate that use of ABO unmatched (non-identical) platelets are associated with increased 1) platelet refractoriness (small randomized trials), 2) red cell transfusion needs and hemolysis, ...more »