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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 8-12

Transfusion support in patients with dengue fever


Department of Transfusion Medicine, Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, India

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Paramjit Kaur
Department of Transfusion Medicine, Government Medical College, Sector 32, Chandigarh - 160 030
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-516X.140708

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Dengue fever has emerged as a global public health problem in the recent decades. The clinical spectrum of the disease ranges from dengue fever to dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome. The disease is characterized by increased capillary permeability, thrombocytopenia and coagulopathy. Thrombocytopenia with hemorrhagic manifestations warrants platelet transfusions. There is lack of evidence-based guidelines for transfusion support in patients with dengue fever. This contributes to inappropriate use of blood components and blood centers constantly face the challenge of inventory management during dengue outbreaks. The current review is aimed to highlight the role of platelets and other blood components in the management of dengue. The review was performed after searching relevant published literature in PubMed, Science Direct, Google scholar and various text books and journal articles.


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