Can you get an autoimmune disease from a blood transfusion? Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) is a rare immune disorder. It happens when your body mistakes red blood cells as foreign substances and attacks them. Treatments include medication, surgery or, in rare cases, a blood transfusion. AIHA is highly manageable, but can be fatal if left untreated.
Can lupus be transmitted through blood? You cannot “catch” lupus from someone or “give” lupus to someone. Lupus develops in response to a combination of factors both inside and outside the body, including hormones, genetics, and environment. If you suspect your symptoms might be related to lupus, take the Could It Be Lupus Questionnaire.
Can blood transfusions cause SLE? A suggested association with increased SLE risk was seen for smoking (OR=1.8, 95% CI 0.9–3.6) and blood transfusions (OR=2.3, 95% CI 0.9–5.8).
How does a person get lupus? It’s likely that lupus results from a combination of your genetics and your environment. It appears that people with an inherited predisposition for lupus may develop the disease when they come into contact with something in the environment that can trigger lupus. The cause of lupus in most cases, however, is unknown.