Banking on Blood
HIV has changed the way we view blood transfusions, and forced the scientific community to better protect our blood supply.
Thursday, October 7, 1993
A city emergency department. In the middle of the night, a woman thought to be in her third month of pregnancy arrives with vaginal bleeding. An ultrasound reveals a "snow-storm sign." To the gynecologist on call, it means she may have a molar pregnancy--a strangled mass of bloody, grape-like tissue sticking to the uterus--that when removed could cause massive hemorrhage.
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