Eleanor L. Turk

What name(s) is given to "white blood" disease(s) by the medical profession today? Was the issue that of blood type alone?

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Carol I agree with Irina. See http://chealth.canoe.com/Condition/Ge... which mentions that this form of leukemia was called "white blood". It has nothing to do with blood type, but the reaction to transfusions of an incompatible blood type expain why not just anyone's blood would work for the patient. The children in the story probably either had the same blood type as the patient with the disease, or were type O negative, and thus what is now known as "universal donors".
Irina I think it's a form of leukemia, where the body produces too many white blood cells that are malfunctioning, preventing the formation of red blood cells.
Yehudit Reishtein Leukemia. At first I thought it might be aplastic anemia, but then the patient would not produce white blood cells as well as having insufficient red blood cells.
Alasandra Alawine The White Blood Disease is Leukemia.

Blood Type is the reason not just anyone's blood worked. The kids were probably universal donors as I think their blood had been used to treat more than one patient.
Cathy It sounds like it could be aplastic anemia. The bone marrow stops producing enough blood cells. It has nothing to do with blood type.
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