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We tested the hypothesis that allopurinol reduces the levels of markers of oxygen free radical production during open heart surgery. Eighteen patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting were randomly assigned to the allopurinol group (10 patients), which received 600 mg of allopurinol before operation, or to the control group (eight patients). Blood(More)
Buffy-coat smears prepared from 599 blood samples, obtained simultaneously with blood for culture, were examined for bacteria. Each blood sample was quantitatively cultured on chocolate agar. Twenty-one blood cultures (3.6%) from 17 patients were positive. Two (11.7%) of the 17 patients had positive buffy-coat smears. One patient had two positive smears,(More)
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