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Table 3 Advantages and disadvantages of autologous blood donation

From: Autologous blood donation

Advantages Disadvantages
Prevents transfusion-transmitted disease Risk of bacterial contamination or volume overload remains
Prevents red cell alloimmunization Does not eliminate risk of administrative error with ABO incompatibility
Supplements the blood supply More costly than allogeneic blood
Provides compatible blood for patients with alloantibodies Wastage of blood not transfused
Prevents some adverse transfusion reactions Causes perioperative anemia and increased likelihood of transfusion
  1. Data from Goodnough and coworkers [2].