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Liver Donation Surgery Risks -- Blood Transfusion

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Presentation: Living Donor Liver Surgery
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If significant bleeding takes place during or after your surgery, you may need a blood transfusion. Many donors are able to store their own blood before the surgery, but extra blood from the blood bank may also be needed. Getting blood like this is usually safe. The blood is tested for AIDS and other diseases, like hepatitis, before it's given to you.
There is a small chance that you can get a disease or infection from blood, but this is rare. The risk for getting hepatitis C is about 1 out of 100,000, for hepatitis B it's 1 out of 200,000, and the risk of getting HIV is about 1 out of 600,000.

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