Acute normovolemic hemodilution is not beneficial in patients undergoing primary elective valve surgery.

Virmani S, Tempe DK, Pandey BC, et al.
Ann Card Anaesth 2010;13(1):34-38.
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Review by : P. Van der Linden
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This prospective single-blind randomized study reported that low-volume normovolemic hemodilution is not associated with a reduction in transfusion requirements in patients undergoing elective primary valve surgery. These results are not surprising as the volume of blood collected (271 64 mL at a Hb concentration of 12.4 1.4 g/dL) was clearly too low to be associated with any beneficial effect on allogeneic blood requirements.

– Philippe Van der Linden

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