Intraoperative and postoperative changes in peripheral white blood cell counts: the contribution of stress.

Abstract

The effect of major surgery, blood loss and psychological stress on the peripheral white blood cell (WBC) populations of human patients and healthy volunteers was examined. During, and in the hours immediately after, major surgery, there was a highly significant fall in the numbers of circulating lymphocytes (mean congruent to 30%-60%) and a highly… (More)

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