Blood cardioplegia filtration

Martin, Juergen; Krause, Matthias; Benk, Christoph; Lutter, Georg; Siegenthaler, Michael; Beyersdorf, Friedhelm
March 2003
Perfusion;Mar2003 Supplement, Vol. 18, p75
Academic Journal
The introduction of blood cardioplegia has been proven to limit ischaemia and reperfusion injury in cardiac surgery. But the presence of activated neutrophils in the capillary bed may cause further damage. Leukocyte filters have been shown to be very effective in reducing the leukocytes in blood cardioplegia to less than 10%. Leukocyte depletion of blood cardioplegia provides an excellent approach to minimizing myocardial injury, predominantly in high-risk cardiac surgery.


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