Endotoxin and bacteria in portal blood.


In order to determine whether endotoxin is normally found in the portal system, intraoperative samples of portal and peripheral blood were drawn from 34 consecutive elective abdominal surgery patients. The limulus lysate test was used to detect endotoxin. Ninety-seven per cent of patients had a positive limulus test in portal blood. Twelve of these patients… (More)


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