Hemostatic changes and postoperative deep-vein thrombosis associated with use of a pneumatic tourniquet.


In twenty patients who underwent a knee arthrotomy in which a pneumatic tourniquet was employed, there was a significant increase in fibrinolytic activity (measured by the amount of time for the lysis of euglobulin and by the fibrin-plate method) in the systemic circulation which peaked at fifteen minutes and lasted for thirty minutes after release of the… (More)