South African Medical Journal

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Genetically Determined Hazards of Blood Transfusion Within and Between Races

GT Turse, T Jenkins


The risks of sensitizing the recipient of a blood transfusion to the antigens on the red blood cells of the donor have been calculated for the various populations of Southern Africa. Although many of these antigens vary markedly in their frequencies in different populations, the theoretical risks of incompatible transfusion with respect to these antigens are small and are of the same order of magnitude whether one is considering inter- or intraracial transfusion. There would appear to be no good serogenetic reason for the labelling of containers of human blood with the race of the donor.

S. Afr. Med. J., 47, 1 (1973)

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