💊 Chemical information



Preparations of leucocytes contain granulocytes with a variable content of red blood cells, lymphocytes, and platelets. Depending on the method of collection they may also contain dextran or hetastarch.

💊 Adverse Effects and Precautions

Leucocyte transfusions may cause severe transfusion reactions and fever. As with other blood products, there is a risk of transmission of infection. Severe lung reactions, including fluid overload with pulmonary oedema, are a particular problem in patients with active pulmonary infections. Red blood cell compatibility testing is necessary because of the content of red blood cells. Graft-versus-host disease may occur in immunosuppressed recipients, and can be avoided by irradiating the product before it is given.

💊 Uses and Administration

Transfusion of leucocytes has been used in patients with severe granulocytopenia and infection which has not been controlled by treatment with appropriate antimicrobials. Transfusion of 1 × 1010 granulocytes once or twice daily has been suggested as an effective dose. Daily transfusions for at least 3 to 4 days are usually advised. Hydrocortisone and chlorphenamine may be given intravenously before transfusion to reduce the severity of adverse reactions.
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💊 Preparations

Proprietary Preparations

Cz.: Immodin; Ger.: LeukoNorm.
Published December 09, 2018.