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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

Blood disorders

08/29/2007

Question:

Hello, I have a friend who has 2 pints of blood taken from him weekly, then the doctor burns it. My question is, Why is the blood burnt? What disease causes them to burn it? Thank you for your assistance

Answer:

If the patient is having blood taken that frequently they most likely have either too much iron in their body or too many red blood cells.  Throwing blood out is common if a patient has any underlying blood problem.

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Response by:

Eric H Kraut, MD Eric H Kraut, MD
Professor of Hematology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University