In-vivo and real-time ultrasonic monitoring of red blood cell aggregation with the structure factor size and attenuation estimator during and after cardiopulmonary bypass surgery in swine


Cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) used during cardiac surgery induces a systemic inflammatory response. The severity of that response has been shown to be proportional to patient outcome. Markers of inflammation are typically obtained intermittently through blood testing with variable delay. Red blood cell (RBC) aggregation is a surrogate marker of inflammation… (More)


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