Management of polycythaemia in adults with cyanotic congenital heart disease.

@article{Swan1998ManagementOP,
  title={Management of polycythaemia in adults with cyanotic congenital heart disease.},
  author={Lorna Swan and William S. Hillis},
  journal={Heart},
  year={1998},
  volume={81 4},
  pages={451}
}
Adults with polycythaemia secondary to cyanotic congenital heart disease may be at greater risk from injudicious venesection than from their polycythaemia. Despite an established literature on the subject, patients are frequently put at risk from acute volume depletion and chronic iron deficiency. This article aims to clarify some of the issues surrounding venesection and to set out guidelines for when and how to venesect these patients. The polycythaemia of chronic hypoxaemia may be more… CONTINUE READING

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