Teen Blood Donors More Likely To Have Complications

May 21, 2008

U.S. researchers have found that teens who donate blood, those who are 16 and 17-year old, are far more likely than older blood donors to have complications..New York (ChattahBox) – U.S. researchers have found that teens who donate blood, those who are 16 and 17-year old, are far more likely than older blood donors to have complications.

The lead author of the study was Dr. Anne F. Eder of the American Red Cross in Washington. These researchers looked at a total of 1.8 million blood donations from across the U.S. in varying age groups.

They found that teens blood donors experienced complications over 10% of the time, compared to 8.3% for 18 to 19-years old, and 2.8% for those 20-years and older.

Overall, 16 and 17-year old teen blood donors were 2.5 times more likely than 18 to 19-year old donors to faint, and 15 times more likely than those who are 20-years and up.

Further research will be done to try and figure out why exactly this takes place. It is clear though that complications are far more frequent in the teens who give blood.


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