Different blood groups have a number of distinctivecomponents, which can be negatively reflected when two different groups are combined. This phenomenon is explained by the presence on the surface and in the plasma of each individual group of an individual combination of agglutinins and agglutinogens that are able to distinguish the foreign erythrocyte from its own, to prevent it functioning inside the body. The immune system of a person with cells with an external agglutinogen is perceived as a threat. And for protective purposes, the body seeks to damage and remove them with the help of agglutinins contained in the plasma of their red blood cells.

Even before the beginning of the twentieth century, it was believed that combiningyou can have any blood that was completely wrong. And sometimes it all ended even with lethal outcomes, because the transfused blood was not perceived by the body. The adhesion and destruction of erythrocytes was developing. But thanks to K. Landsteiner, who was able to detect and prove the presence of agglutinogens and agglutinins in erythrocytes, blood groups are now distinguished, and the blood transfusion scheme has become safe.

blood group transfusion scheme

Blood types

The system developed by Landsteiner has the name ABO. It classifies four blood groups depending on agglutinogens, designated A and B and agglutinins a, b in the composition.

Agglutinogens (antigen) - complex substances located on the erythrocyte membrane, are unchanged and hereditary from the parents.

Agglutinin (antibodies) - immunoglobulins,Produced in the plasma of erythrocytes naturally to protect the body from genes that are absent on the surface of the erythrocyte. They are developed during the first year of life, as a protective function of the immune system to get proteins with foreign antigens.

Table of blood groups for transfusion
Blood typeAgglutinogenAgglutinin
Group I-a and b
Group IIAb
Group IIIBa
Group IVA and B-

As can be seen from the table, each blood group difference is a set of antigens and agglutinins that are developed to the missing antigens for protection.

blood group compatibility with transfusion scheme
In the plasma of erythrocytes, agglutininsthe opposite view from the antigens on the membrane. This opposition exists so that when the foreign blood group gets into the body of the red blood cells, they are quickly destroyed by antigens, without damaging their cells.

Rhesus factor of blood

In the scheme of blood transfusion of groups of permissiblecombination is also necessary to take into account the Rh factor of blood. Rhesus factor - a constant characteristic that does not change with the course of life and is a classification of blood in the Rh system. The Rh system is based on the detection of six antigens C, D, E, c, d, e on the surface of erythrocytes, was discovered in 1940 by K. Landsteiner and A. Weiner.

If an antigen is found on the surface of erythrocytesD (occurs in 80% of people) or simultaneous presence of C and E antigens, the blood belongs to a positive Rh factor, designated Rh +. In the event that no antigens of this group are found, then the Rh factor will be negative Rh-.

blood transfusion regimen of the Rh factor

Significance of Rh factor in transfusion

For transfusion, blood that hasthe same values ​​for the Rhesus system. So, a recipient with a negative Rh factor will be approached only by donor blood of a negative index. Similarly, with a positive, but in critical cases, an infusion of blood with a negative Rh factor in small quantities, maximum 200 ml. With such a transfusion, incompatibility does not occur, but when infused into the blood with a negative Rhesus factor of red blood cells with a positive value, a defensive reaction of the immune system to the antigen D. When detecting foreign erythrocytes, the immune system begins to produce agglutinins (d, c, e) that damage poured in erythrocytes, which entails severe consequences for the recipient organism. According to the Rhesus and ABO system, eight types of blood are distinguished.

blood groups for transfusion

Compatibility of blood

Blood transfusion is a procedure of blood transfusion,which is used to restore blood balance and blood circulation. Donor blood should be compatible for both accessory systems with the blood of the recipient. For a long time it was believed that there is a universal donor and universal recipient. At the moment, both of these concepts are already practically extracted from the medical system. However, in critical situations, in the absence of time and donor blood, an identical group and Rhesus factor is sometimes still used in small-volume transfusions, not more than 500 ml.

The universal blood donor is the firstgroup and a negative Rh 0 (I) Rh-, since its composition does not have its own antigens. The fourth positive AB (IV) Rh + group is considered to be a universal recipient due to the presence of antigens A and B on the erythrocyte membrane. But, nevertheless, the transfusion procedure is tried with identical groups.

blood transfusion by groups

I blood group: compatibility chart

In case of transfusion, I group with negativeRhesus value (0 (I) Rh-) can be a donor for all blood groups with a positive and negative Rh factor in case of emergency transfusion and, if necessary, a large volume to act as a donor for the I group with an identical Rh index.

For the recipient with the first blood group andthe positive Rh factor donor blood may be the first positive or negative group 0 (I) Rh - / +. With the first blood group with a negative rhesus index, transfusion is performed only with the identical 0 (I) Rh- group.

Compatibility of the second group

The second negative group A (II) Rh- can becomedonor for the second and fourth with any indicator of rhesus. The second positive group A (II) Rh + is used as a donor only for the second and fourth AB (IV) Rh + with a positive Rh factor.

Recipient with the second positive groupA (II) Rh + can receive the donor blood of the first O (I) Rh - / + and the second group A (II) Rh - / + with any Rh indicator. If the recipient's blood is designated as a negative Rh factor, A (II) Rh-the transfusion is performed with groups as for the second positive, only exceptionally negative Rhesus factor value.

Compatibility of the third group

As a donor third blood group with a positive Rh factor B (III) Rh +
It is used for transfusion to recipients withthird and fourth group with a positive rhesus index. The third negative group is compatible for donation with the third and fourth blood group, at any Rhesus factor value in the recipient.

The holders of the third positive grouptransfuse the donor blood of the first and third groups with negative or positive rhesus. The third negative is characterized by compatibility with the third and fourth group with a negative Rh factor.

Compatibility of the fourth group

Donor blood of the fourth group with a positiveRh factor is suitable only for transfusion to recipients with identical group and rhesus index. The fourth negative is compatible for transfusion also only to the fourth group with negative and positive rhesus.

But the recipient with the fourth positive groupAB (IV) Rh + is universal and perceives, with a positive Rhesus value, absolutely all blood groups with any Rhesus values. With a negative Rhesus factor, transfusion uses donor erythrocytes from all groups with a negative Rhesus index only.

blood group chart for transfusion table

Risks of transfusion of incompatible groups

The main risk for blood transfusion is agglutination.

Agglutination is the process of gluing together erythrocytes,which leads to their destruction develops when ingested with agglutinogen, to which the blood of the recipient has developed agglutinin. This means that agglutination occurs when blood is combined with the same antigens and agglutinins A and a, B and b. With this combination, the antibodies (a or b) produced for the missing antigen (A or B) destroy the donor erythrocytes, resulting in their subsidence and subsequent hemolysis (decay).

blood transfusion scheme by groups
Blood is the main transporteroxygen in all cells of the body, therefore, after the decay of erythrocytes, a blood-shock shock forms, which can lead to severe consequences and even death. It is on the basis of such risks that great attention is paid to the blood group schemes compatible with each other when blood is transfused.

The ABO and Rhesus system is the mainclassification, but not the only one. Many other antigens are placed on the surface of the erythrocyte membrane, which currently participate in the selection of compatible donor blood. But, more and more private clinics additionally determine the presence or absence of a rare Kell antigen, with a positive value of which donor red blood cells are incompatible with any others.

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