Discussions By Condition: Medical Stories

IgA deficiency questions: blood and organ donation.

Posted In: Medical Stories 0 Replies
  • Posted By: Wmanahan
  • August 9, 2011
  • 10:48 PM

I have an IgA deficiency and had a couple questions if anyone can answer them I'd greatly appreciate it! I know that I'm not supposed to get. Blood transfusion (don't worry I wear a medic-alert bracelet) because blood with normal levels of IgA can cause anaphylactic shock/death in those with deficiencies. But if normal IgA can cause problems for those with deficiencies, would it cause issues the other way around? So:

1. Should I donate blood if I have an IgA deficiency?
(Would it be of any use to a person with normal IgA or would it be pointless?)
2. Is there a way to donate my own blood for myself or others with an IgA def?
3. I'm an organ donor but would my organs work in someone with normal IgA? (If normal IgA blood could kill me, wouldn't it kill my organs? Or do they test them first to know that?) I want to be an organ donor but I just wouldn't want someone to get their hopes up for a transplant with my organ and their body reject it...

Reply Flag this Discussion
Thanks! A moderator will review your post and it will be live within the next 24 hours.