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Symptoms of a blood product transfusion reaction


If your child receives blood or blood products, watch for these symptoms of a possible transfusion reaction.

During the first 24 hours:

  • Fever and chills
  • Skin rash
  • Trouble breathing
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Feeling dizzy or fainting

For up to 2 weeks after the transfusion:

  • Red or brown urine
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Yellowing of the eyes
  • Little or no urination
  • New fever or chills
  • Easy bruising or bleeding

If your child develops any of these symptoms or other symptoms of concern after receiving a transfusion, talk to the doctor or nurse. If you are inside the hospital, dial 3300. Locally, call 901-595-3300. If you are outside the Memphis area, dial toll-free 1-866-2STJUDE (1-866-278-5833), and press 0 once the call is connected. If you are calling after hours, ask to speak to the doctor on call.

This document is not intended to take the place of the care and attention of your personal physician or other professional medical services. Our aim is to promote active participation in your care and treatment by providing information and education. Questions about individual health concerns or specific treatment options should be discussed with your physician.

St. Jude complies with health care-related federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

ATTENTION: If you speak another language, assistance services, free of charge, are available to you. Call 1-866-278-5833 (TTY: 1-901-595-1040).

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