Balas, P.; Bastounis, E.; Stamatopoulos, C.; Lianou, M.
April 1974
Angiology;Apr1974, Vol. 25 Issue 4, p249
Academic Journal
Blood viscosity in general is considered as an important determinant of blood flow and tissue oxygenation. In almost all the studies of whole blood viscosity before and after trauma made on experimental animals and humans an increase of the blood viscosity was noticed the first postoperative days. Only a recently published investigation by Litwin et al (1973)[11] showed a decrease in average whole blood viscosity post-operatively. In our clinical study which included quite a larger case of major operations than Litwin's, an increase of whole blood viscosity postoperatively was found in almost all the cases. This disagreement of results between these clinical studies, in spite of the difference of methodology and the kind of viscometer used, dictates the neccessity of additional clinical studies in this field for the further elucidation of this problem.


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