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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Bleeding and Clotting Disorders
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
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.
Eric H Kraut, MD
Professor of Hematology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University