Transfusion Timing and Postoperative Septic Complications After Gastric Cancer Surgery

Rocco Bellantone, Antonio Sitges-Serra, Maurizio Bossola, Giovanni Battista Doglietto, Marina Malerba, Guzman Franch, Fabio Pacelli, Francesco Crucitti
1998 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.
more » ... Case series. Setting: Hospitalized care. Patients: The hospital records of 209 patients who underwent elective surgery for gastric cancer at the Department
doi:10.1001/archsurg.133.9.988 pmid:9749853 fatcat:7rn23l2rwzds5ncqysskjvbnzy