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Blood transfusion in liver transplantation

Nusbacher, J and Israel, L and Jenkins, DE and Starzl, TE (1985) Blood transfusion in liver transplantation. Transfusion, 25 (2). 120 - 123. ISSN 0041-1132

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Liver transplantation is a relatively new procedure in which unusually large quantities of blood are used. Blood use in 68 adult and 49 pediatric liver transplants was reviewed. The median (range) intraoperative red cell use for adults and children was 28.5 (3‐251) and 11 (2‐55), respectively. Blood use closely correlated with the patient's primary diagnosis. Adult patients with primary biliary cirrhosis and carcinoma used about one‐half as much blood as those with a diagnosis of sclerosing cholangitis, hepatitis, or cirrhosis. Patients in the former diagnostic groups also had better survival rates. Total red cell use for the patient's entire hospitalization was about twice that used during surgery. Fresh‐frozen plasma use paralleled red cell transfusions, but platelet use was modest. These data can serve as a baseline in helping other hospital transfusion services prepare for the advent of liver transplantation in their institutions. 1985 AABB


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Nusbacher, J
Israel, L
Jenkins, DE
Starzl, TEtes11@pitt.eduTES11
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute
Date: 1 January 1985
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Transfusion
Volume: 25
Number: 2
Page Range: 120 - 123
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1046/j.1537-2995.1985.25285169201.x
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0041-1132
Article Type: Review
Other ID: uls-drl:31735062115542, Starzl CV No. 591
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2010 17:10
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2017 05:55


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