Perioperative blood transfusion and gastric cancer: adverse effects or unfavourable conditions of pretreatment?

Abstract

The use of perioperative blood transfusion (PBT), the immunological status pre-operatively and at discharge from hospital, and the clinical course were examined retrospectively in 124 patients who underwent 'curative' resection for gastric cancer at Shinkokura Hospital, Japan from 1979 to 1988. The general condition of patients with PBT was worse than that… (More)

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