Blood products

Blood transfusions are given to some patients in the form of whole blood, which contains every blood element in the exact proportions found circulating in the human body. However, whole blood is not used as commonly as in the past. It is more typical now to receive one or more "fractions" or "components" of blood, some of which are listed below. Major blood fractions are not acceptable to some patients, such as Jehovah's Witnesses.

Major blood fractions (primary blood components)

Minor blood fractions


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Review Date: 6/28/2011
Reviewed By: Todd Gersten, MD, Hematology/Oncology, Palm Beach Cancer Institute, West Palm Beach, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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