Randomized multicentre trial of the influence of recombinant human erythropoietin on intraoperative and postoperative transfusion need in anaemic patients undergoing right hemicolectomy for carcinoma.

@article{Kettelhack1998RandomizedMT,
  title={Randomized multicentre trial of the influence of recombinant human erythropoietin on intraoperative and postoperative transfusion need in anaemic patients undergoing right hemicolectomy for carcinoma.},
  author={Christoph Kettelhack and C Hoenes and Diethelm Messinger and Peter M. Schlag},
  journal={The British journal of surgery},
  year={1998},
  volume={85 1},
  pages={63-7}
}
BACKGROUND The possible immunosuppressive effect of blood transfusion and its influence on survival after surgery for cancer makes it worthwhile to seek methods to avoid transfusion wherever possible. Patients with right-sided colonic cancer are frequently anaemic. Such patients were entered into a study that employed erythropoietin to avoid homologous transfusion. METHODS In a prospectively randomized double-blind placebo-controlled multicentre trial, patients with moderate anaemia… CONTINUE READING