Platelet Transfusion for Patients With Cancer

Publication Date: November 28, 2017
Last Updated: December 16, 2022


Preparation of Platelet Products

Platelets for transfusion can be prepared either by separation of units of platelet concentrates (PCs) from whole blood using either the buffy coat or platelet-rich plasma method, which can be pooled before administration, or by apheresis from single donors. Comparative studies have shown that the posttransfusion increments, hemostatic benefit, and side effects are similar with any of these platelet products. Thus, in routine circumstances, they can be used interchangeably. In most centers, pooled PCs are less costly. Single-donor platelets from selected donors are necessary when histocompatible platelet transfusions are needed. ( EB , H , S )



Platelet Transfusion for Patients With Cancer

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