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Malignant hyperthermia

Other Names for this Disease
  • Anesthesia related hyperthermia
  • Fulminating hyperpyrexia
  • Hyperpyrexia malignant
  • Malignant hyperpyrexia
  • MH
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Your Question

Can malignant hyperthermia be transferred by blood donations? And at what age up to can you still donate blood?

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Can people with malignant hyperthermia donate blood? Can malignant hyperthermia be contracted from blood donations?

According to the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States there is no contraindication to blood or organ donation by a person with malignant hyperthermia. Malignant hyperthermia is not "carried" in the blood or organs. See:
Last updated: 9/19/2011

Up to what age are individuals able to donate blood?

According to the American Red Cross, to give blood you must be healthy, be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not have donated blood in the last 56 days. There is no upper age limit as long as you are well with no restrictions or limitations to your activities. Please visit the American Red Cross Web site at the following link to view further eligibility requirements for blood donation:
Last updated: 9/19/2011

How can I find further information on malignant hyperthermia?

If you have further questions on malignant hyperthermia you can contact the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States using the contact information below:

Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States (MHAUS)
11 East State St
PO Box 1069
Sherburne, NY 13460
Toll-free (Information line): (800) 986-4287
Telephone: (607) 674-7901
Web site:

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Last updated: 9/19/2011