This from Dr. Baltasar this morning:
On the blood donation issue and reasons for not giving blood:
- DS patients need Iron forever! Iron is used to build up red blood cells. Many patients (mostly females) get anaemia.
- DS patients should not give any plasma. Plasma is mostly made out pf proteins. DS patients may have trouble in getting enough absorption of their own proteins. The situation for a DS post-op is PCM (Protein Caloric Malnutrition)
- NO PATIENT WITH DS SHOUD BE ALLOW TO GIVE ANY DONATED BLOOD
- So… that’s the scoop! It really does make sense, and the folks that I know who have given blood (as post-ops across the board – not just Baltasar post-ops) have had big issues trying to recover from doing so. It not only wipes them out physically for a couple of weeks, it also wacks their labs out.
Hope that helps explain some.