Article Abstract

Should red blood cell transfusion be immediately given to a cirrhotic patient with active upper gastrointestinal bleeding?

Authors: Zhaohui Bai, Xiaozhong Guo, Hongyu Li, Xiaonan Yu, Jiao Deng, Man-Fung Yuen, Fernando Gomes Romeiro, Sien-Sing Yang, Jean-Pierre Allain, Xingshun Qi

Abstract

Upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) is a common complication in patients with cirrhosis and a leading cause of death. Blood transfusion is often required. In this paper, we demonstrated that a cirrhotic case developed repeated hematemesis followed by blood transfusion and discussed the timing of blood transfusion for active variceal hemorrhage.