Increased coagulation and bradykinin-release in shed pleural blood during cardiac surgery.

Abstract

Retransfusion of shed pleural blood is generally believed to contribute to a decrease of intraoperative blood requirements, however, hemodynamic or hemostatic side effects are nevertheless still controversial. Some 13 patients (age: 58 +/- 11) undergoing CPB surgery including the use of the internal mammaria artery (IMA) were investigated. For IMA… (More)

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