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BACKGROUND Postoperative haemorrhage in neurosurgery is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. There is controversy whether or not factor XIII (FXIII) deficiency leads to bleeding complications after craniotomy. Decreased fibrinogen levels have been associated with an increased incidence of bleeding complications in cardiac and orthopaedic(More)
BACKGROUND Congenital heart disease (CHD) is associated with complex coagulation abnormalities. Platelet aggregability has not been investigated in detail in children with acyanotic and cyanotic malformations undergoing open heart surgery. The method of whole-blood multiple electrode aggregometry (MEA) appears suitable for rapid platelet analysis in(More)
PURPOSE Colloids are administered to more patients than crystalloids, although recent evidence suggests that colloids may possibly be harmful in some patients. The European Society of Intensive Care Medicine therefore assembled a task force to compile consensus recommendations based on the current best evidence for the safety and efficacy of the currently(More)
BACKGROUND Hydroxyethyl starch (HES) solutions alter blood coagulation, mainly platelet function and fibrinogen polymerization. Haemostasis can also be impaired by dilutional-hyperchloraemic acidosis induced by the HES carrier solution. We hypothesized that a saline-based tetrastarch carrier solution impairs parameters of blood coagulation more than a(More)
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