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2021 Jul 21

BMJ Open



Symptoms of acute transfusion reactions at a general referral hospital in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo: a cross-sectional study.


Musumari P M, Mbikayi S M, Srithanaviboonchai K, Techasrivichien T, Tangmunkongvorakul A, Tshilolo L
BMJ Open. 2021 Jul 21; 11(7):e045081.
PMID: 34290061.


Blood transfusion is a life-saving procedure and is also associated with a range of risks including the occurrence of symptoms of acute transfusion reactions (ATRs). Very few studies in sub-Saharan Africa have reported on ATRs. The present study addresses this gap in the literature by documenting the prevalence of and factors associated with ATRs in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).