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Young blood donors at risk

22nd May 2008

Researchers have found that rates of complication after giving blood are highest among the youngest donors.

The most common complications of presyncope and bruising were regarded as “medically inconsequential� though there was evidence that a potentially more serious syncope-related injury could occur. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that complications occurred in 10.7% of donations given by 16-17-year-olds (17 is the age at which people can give blood in the UK) and 2.8% of those from adults aged at least 20.

 

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