[Mechanisms of organ failure following cardiopulmonary bypass--preventive effects of ulinastatin].

Abstract

The causes of organ failure following cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) were multi-factorial. Damage was initiated by elastase which was released from activated granulocytes under conditions of significant reduction in the protease inhibitor level (p less than 0.01). Platelet aggregation, initiated by the CPB, altered the eicosanoid metabolism. As a result, the… (More)

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