Retrograde autologous priming of the cardiopulmonary bypass circuit reduces blood transfusion after coronary artery surgery.

Balachandran S, Cross MH, Karthikeyan S, Mulpur A, Hansbro SD, Hobson P
Ann Thorac Surg 2002;73(6):1912-1918.
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Review by : Van der Linden P
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This article confirms previous studies showing that a reduction of the bypass circuit priming volume can be associated with a reduction in allogeneic blood use. This beneficial effect is related to a lower degree of hemodilution reached during and immediately after the cardiopulmonary bypass.

– P. Van der Linden

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