The role of the intra-aortic balloon pump counterpulsation (IABP) in emergency surgery.

@article{Khan2003TheRO,
  title={The role of the intra-aortic balloon pump counterpulsation (IABP) in emergency surgery.},
  author={Abdul Latif Khan and Martyn Flett and Satheesh Yalamarthi and Robert R Jeffrey and Antoinne K Ah-See and K. G. M. Park and Ronald A. Keenan},
  journal={The surgeon : journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland},
  year={2003},
  volume={1 5},
  pages={279-82}
}
Elective surgical procedures are often delayed for up to six months in patients who have suffered a myocardial infarction (MI) because of the substantial risk of re-infarction and high peri-operative mortality. The optimal management of patients who have sustained a recent myocardial infarction and who require an emergency abdominal operation, however, has yet to be defined. The use of an intraaortic balloon pump (IABP) may play a role in such patients by improving the function of the injured… CONTINUE READING
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