A person with AB blood type is transfused with type O blood. What happens and why?
The textbook says there will be no immune reaction.
I understand that the transfused type O red blood cells have no antigens and the recipient type AB plasma has no antibodies.
However, won't the transfused type O plasma have AB antibodies that will react with the AB antigens present on recipient type AB red blood cells?
Biology - bobpursley, Friday, December 14, 2012 at 8:31pm
There are two types of tranfusion: Packed red blood cells, and plasma
In packed RBC, there will be no immune reaction to the type 0 blood
in the transfer of plasma, the situation is reversed, and you are correct. The reverse occues: type O plasma is not the universal donor here, it can only be transfused to 0 blood types.
In the question, it is not refering to a plasma transfer.
Biology - Jessie, Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:17pm
What you are saying makes perfect sense, but the textbook question specifically says a blood transfusion, and blood has both RBC and plasma.
I presume that "blood transfusion" is a common shorthand for RBC transfusion and I wasn't familiar with that shorthand.