Association of transfusion with postoperative bacterial infection.

  title={Association of transfusion with postoperative bacterial infection.},
  author={Darrell J. Triulzi and Neil Blumberg and Joanna Mary Heal},
  journal={Critical reviews in clinical laboratory sciences},
  volume={28 2},
Homologous blood transfusion has been implicated as a modulator of the host immune system in a number of clinical settings. Improved renal allograft survival is observed in patients receiving pretransplant transfusions. Decreased recurrence of active inflammatory bowel disease has been recently reported in transfused patients with Crohn's disease. Conversely, deleterious immunomodulatory effects of transfusion may explain the association between transfusion and increased susceptibility to… CONTINUE READING