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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 86-88

Response to convalescent plasma is not influenced by patient blood type

1 Department of Anesthesiology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
2 Department of Anesthesiology; Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Correspondence Address:
Dr. William R Hartman
Department of Anesthesiology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/gjtm.gjtm_36_21

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Background: SARS-CoV2 virus is associated with 580,000 deaths and 32.5 million cases of COVID-19 infection in the United States. Data exist suggesting a correlation between blood type and disease acquisition and severity. No such data exist between blood type and disease response to convalescent plasma therapy. Methods: Forty-four hospitalized COVID-19 patients who were transfused with type-specific convalescent plasma were followed to determine therapeutic response and disease survivability. Statistical significance was determined as to whether a correlation between blood type and convalescent plasma treatment exists. Results: No statistically significant correlation exists between blood type and hospital length of stay or disease survivability in hospitalized COVID-19 patients who received convalescent plasma. Conclusion: Blood type does not influence outcome response to convalescent plasma in hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

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