Race restrictions for apheresis?
January 14, 2012 9:45 AM Subscribe
Why would people of Hispanic descent be disallowed from donating blood products by apheresis?
posted by vytae to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
A friend of mine recently went to donate blood products by apheresis, and was asked by the donation center's technician if he had any Hispanic ancestry. The explanation given by this tech was that Hispanics are more likely to have sickle cell disease, which he said can clog up the apheresis machines. I already know that sickle cell disease is more common in people of African descent, not Hispanics, so clearly this tech was misinformed as to the reasoning behind any restrictions.
I've googled and been unable to find anything that would indicate (a) that Hispanic blood clogs apheresis machines, (b) that blood from people with sickle cell disease clogs apheresis machines, (c) that there are any national guidelines related to race and apheresis. (The donation center in question is in the midwest of the U.S., if that matters.)
Does anybody know what might have been going on here?