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To the Editor: We would like to comment on the analysis of the results and the conclusions of the study recently published by Trujillo et al. [1], The utility of the perioperative autologous transfusión system OrthoPAT in total hip replacement surgery: a prospective study. The authors’ aim was to investigate the eVectiveness of an intraoperative blood(More)
BACKGROUND Since 2005, 11 human face transplants have been performed. In each, varying amounts of tissue have been transplanted. Herein we report a "full" face transplant including all intact aesthetic and functional units. METHODS On March 27, 2010, we performed a full face transplant, including all the soft tissues and part of the underlaying bony(More)
Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) can lead to ventilatory restriction, respiratory muscle weakness and exercise limitation. However, both the causes and the extent of muscle dysfunction remain unclear. The aim of our study is to describe muscle weakness and its relationship to lung function and tolerance to exercise in AIS patients. Lung and muscle(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of the study is to investigate the evolution of nutritional parameters after major spinal surgery in patients with idiopathic scoliosis. METHODS This retrospective study included 31 patients with a mean age of 18 y, diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis. The following variables were analyzed: demographic, surgical (type, number of fused(More)
Spine surgery may be associated with profuse intraoperative bleeding that often requires blood transfusions. In recent years several techniques have been developed to avoid allogenic transfusions and their potential complications to surgical patients. In this study we review and analyse the role of preoperative recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO)(More)
Since allogeneic blood transfusion (ABT) is not harmless, multiple alternatives to ABT (AABT) have emerged, though there is great variability in their indications and appropriate use. This variability results from the interaction of a number of factors, including the specialty of the physician, knowledge and preferences, the degree of anemia, transfusion(More)
A case-control study was performed to determine the impact of aprotinin or tranexamic acid use on reducing intraoperative blood loss and transfusion needs in complex spine surgery. Sixty-nine patients undergoing complex spine surgery received aprotinin or tranexamic acid. The aprotinin group contained 30 patients (8 men and 22 women) and the tranexamic acid(More)
Preoperative anaemia is common in patients undergoing orthopaedic and other major surgery. Anaemia is associated with increased risks of postoperative mortality and morbidity, infectious complications, prolonged hospitalization, and a greater likelihood of allogeneic red blood cell (RBC) transfusion. Evidence of the clinical and economic disadvantages of(More)
AIM To evaluate the effectiveness of intravenous iron treatment, with or without associated erythropoietin (rHuEPO), measured as haemoglobin (Hb) increase. The relationships between the Hb increase and parameters used to evaluate anaemia were analysed. MATERIAL AND METHOD Retrospective observational study carried out in two third-level hospitals between(More)