Autologous blood donation

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Learn what an autologous blood donation is and if it is the best option for your child before surgery that requires that he receive blood.

Key points

  • Autologous blood donation is blood taken from a patient for their own use. If needed, it can be given back to the patient during or after surgery.
  • If your child donates his blood, it can reduce the risk of infection from other blood and can reduce allergic reactions.
  • Talk to your child's doctor about autologous blood donation.
Last updated: December 15th 2010