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Can Blood Transfusions Transfer Food Allergies?

According to an article in CBS News, an 8-year-old boy from Canada has apparently developed allergies to peanuts and fish after a transfusion of blood from a donor with these allergies. At the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Dr. Julia Upton’s team found that an antibody found in blood platelets called immunoglobulin E (IgE) can be responsible for triggering allergies. The team believes this is important information for parents of children receiving blood transfusions, but does clarify that this case is rare and that this prognosis “typically resolves [itself] within a few months.”

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