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Vascular Surgery

Donating plasma/vein scarring

11/29/2007

Question:

Good morning. I am considering donating plasma on once a week basis. I`ve read online one concern is potential scarring of the vein. What does this mean for my longterm health? Are there any other issues related to a weekly plasma donation I should be concerned with? If I donated on occasion 2 times a week, is this anymore harmful? I am 44 and healthly, and active. Thanks for your time.

Answer:

Occasionally if the same vein is used on a weekly basis, scarring could potentially occur, but this should have no significant impact on your health if you are otherwise healthy.

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Amy B Reed, MD Amy B Reed, MD
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