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Blood Donation - Artery Scarring

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Created July 28, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Any aware of any long term detriment due to blood donation? Specifically I was thinking about scarring of the vein from localised needle punctures in the arm.

F040035b2008ec80b205481afbd39ad4

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on July 12, 2012
at 11:44 AM

Sounds grim! I have had one very painful donation where they had to jiggle the needle around to get the blood - but this was a one-off. Not sure I'd be too happy if every donation involved this kind of trouble.

F040035b2008ec80b205481afbd39ad4

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on July 29, 2011
at 08:06 AM

@Olivia - of course. My bad! (Although I was a pint down when I made this post). :) Cheers.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

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on July 28, 2011
at 06:28 PM

Blood is collected from veins, not arteries.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

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on July 28, 2011
at 06:28 PM

Blood is collected from veins, not arteries. (I hope no one is dissuaded from donating blood because this really isn't an issue, as far as I know.)

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on July 28, 2011
at 06:25 PM

thank you both for donating! my daughter required multiple transfusions to save her life when she was 9-10 months old. i know its a cliche, but its the easiest way to save a life.

F040035b2008ec80b205481afbd39ad4

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on July 28, 2011
at 03:58 PM

I just made my 25th donation today and I too have the tiny white scars on my arm - which is what made me think of what my artery must look like. Stick a pin in to 1cm of straw 25 times and it actually looks pretty badly damaged. I am guessing each penetration leaves a scar, but would this affect the flexibility and general behaviour of the artery?

F040035b2008ec80b205481afbd39ad4

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on July 28, 2011
at 03:56 PM

Jeff - yeah I was aware of the benefits - the lack of bodily mechanism to get rid of excess iron and so forth, the stimualting of new blood cells etc... From a paleo perspective one supposes there would have been episodic loss of blood through injury and parasites, but how many of these injuries would be to a significant artery, and chronic in nature?

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on July 28, 2011
at 06:24 PM

I've been giving blood and platelets regularly for over forty years. There is minor scarring, only visible if you look for it. I don't think there's any effect on flexibility or other function. Incidentally, they collect blood from a vein, not an artery.

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on July 28, 2011
at 02:43 PM

I have never heard of any serious problems, as long as they don't screw up badly with the needle.

I used to give blood regularly 4-6 times per year, and have dozens of tiny white scars over both veins. I have never had any ill effect.

I had to stop giving blood because I exceeded their "time spend in the UK" threshold, which was a filter for mad cow disease. If they ever change that, I'll go back to donating. I had a near-death car crash when I was 16 and came to appreciate blood banks.

F040035b2008ec80b205481afbd39ad4

(1837)

on July 28, 2011
at 03:58 PM

I just made my 25th donation today and I too have the tiny white scars on my arm - which is what made me think of what my artery must look like. Stick a pin in to 1cm of straw 25 times and it actually looks pretty badly damaged. I am guessing each penetration leaves a scar, but would this affect the flexibility and general behaviour of the artery?

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on July 28, 2011
at 06:28 PM

Blood is collected from veins, not arteries.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on July 28, 2011
at 06:28 PM

Blood is collected from veins, not arteries. (I hope no one is dissuaded from donating blood because this really isn't an issue, as far as I know.)

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on July 28, 2011
at 06:25 PM

thank you both for donating! my daughter required multiple transfusions to save her life when she was 9-10 months old. i know its a cliche, but its the easiest way to save a life.

F040035b2008ec80b205481afbd39ad4

(1837)

on July 29, 2011
at 08:06 AM

@Olivia - of course. My bad! (Although I was a pint down when I made this post). :) Cheers.

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64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on July 28, 2011
at 02:40 PM

I don't know about any long term detriments but there certainly are a lot of benefits

http://paleohacks.com/questions/34678/blood-donations#axzz1TPXp1fRc

F040035b2008ec80b205481afbd39ad4

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on July 28, 2011
at 03:56 PM

Jeff - yeah I was aware of the benefits - the lack of bodily mechanism to get rid of excess iron and so forth, the stimualting of new blood cells etc... From a paleo perspective one supposes there would have been episodic loss of blood through injury and parasites, but how many of these injuries would be to a significant artery, and chronic in nature?

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on October 19, 2012
at 10:34 AM

My hands go to sleep when I bend my arms to read in bed

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on July 12, 2012
at 02:41 PM

I used to donate plasma, and had a few doctors comment in the marks left. At this point, it's about 10 years since I stopped, and I've had no problems. When I did, the only problems were after a bad stick, they had to use the other arm for a few times.

I haven't donated whole blood, though.

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on July 06, 2012
at 01:30 AM

I have been donating for the past 35 years. They always have to use one arm since that has the only useable vein. The past couple of times the Red Cross workers have had issues getting the needle in and/or getting the blood to flow fast enough due to scar tissue. It is VERY painful to have them jiggle that needle around in my vein! Today I barely made the 20 minute time limit for donating, the flow was so poor. Their thinking was that the scar tissue was blocking the needle tip. Not sure I want to go through that pain again!!

F040035b2008ec80b205481afbd39ad4

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on July 12, 2012
at 11:44 AM

Sounds grim! I have had one very painful donation where they had to jiggle the needle around to get the blood - but this was a one-off. Not sure I'd be too happy if every donation involved this kind of trouble.

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