Allogeneic blood transfusion and prognosis following total hip replacement: a population-based follow up study.

Pedersen AB, Mehnert F, Overgaard S, Johnsen SP
BMC Musculoskelet Disord 2009;10(1):167.
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Review by : E. Bisbe
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This is a large observational study of 28,087 total hip replacement (THR) procedures to assess the relationship between allogeneic transfusion and outcomes. Transfused patients (32%) had a higher mortality rate and a significantly higher risk of pneumonia compared with matched non-transfused patients. The strengths of this study include its large sample size, despite the limitations of a retrospective analysis. It seems to confirm that transfused patients have a worse prognosis.

– Elvira Bisbe

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