The present in vitro study entertains doubts: CD62P expression increased at 40% HES dilution previous studies had found an antiplatelet effect, especially for penta- and hetastarch. Formation of heterotypic cell conjugates also increased with an inverse dose-dependence and high standard error of mean previous studies had revealed that tetrastarch possesses anti-inflammatory effects. Experimental artefacts or clinical relevance?

– Sybille Kozek-Langenecker