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Archives of Surgery
Immunosuppression associated with homologous blood transfusion was first observed in renal allograft transplantation. Clinical effects of transfusioninduced immunosuppression in surgical patients have been debated in the literature for more than a decade with contradictory results. Objective: To investigate whether homologous blood transfusions significantly affect postoperative septic morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing elective surgery for gastric cancer. Design: Case series.doi:10.1001/archsurg.133.9.988 pmid:9749853 fatcat:7rn23l2rwzds5ncqysskjvbnzy