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Juan Manuel Bello-López, Facundo Hernández-Rodríguez, Julieta Rojo-Medina
INTRODUCTION: γ-radiation is a method that was originally designed for inactivation of T lymphocytes in blood and blood components in order to prevent transfusion associated-graft versus host disease (TA-GVHD). Klebsiella pneumoniae, Escherichia coli, Enterococcus faecium and Staphylococcus epidermidis strains are important pathogens in blood banks since they have been related to post-transfusional sepsis. This study was conducted to demonstrate that γ-radiation is effective in reducing the viability of bacteria in platelet concentrates (PC)...
September 29, 2016: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
Matthew C Henn, Thomas Percival, Alan Zajarias, Spencer J Melby, Brian R Lindman, Nishath Quader, Ralph J Damiano, Marc R Moon, John M Lasala, Ravinder S Rao, Jennifer Bell, Marci S Damiano, Hersh S Maniar
BACKGROUND: Smaller transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) delivery systems have increased the number of patients eligible for transfemoral procedures while decreasing the need for transaortic (TAo) or transapical (TA) access. As a result, newer TAVR centers are likely to have less exposure to these alternative access techniques, making it harder to achieve proficiency. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the learning curve for TAVR approaches and compare perioperative outcomes...
October 17, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Zhenyang Mao, Bing Yue, You Wang, Mengning Yan, Kerong Dai
BACKGROUND: Intra-articular injection of tranexamic acid (TXA) is known to be effective in controlling blood loss after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). However, this method has some disadvantages, such as TXA leakage due to soft tissue release. Peri-articular injection provides an alternative to intra-articular administration of TXA. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of peri-articular injection of TXA in reducing blood loss after TKA and compare them to those of intra-articular TXA injection...
October 19, 2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Rafael Bello Corassa, Carmen Aceijas, Paula Aryane Brito Alves, Hemda Garelick
AIMS: This article aimed to provide a critical review of the evolution of Chagas' disease (ChD) in Brazil, its magnitude, historical development and management, and challenges for the future. METHODS: A literature search was performed using PubMed, SciELO and Google Scholar and throughout collected articles' references. Narrative analysis was structured around five main themes identified: vector transmission, control programme, transfusion, oral and congenital transmission...
October 10, 2016: Perspectives in Public Health
Henna Wong, Nicola Curry, Simon J Stanworth
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Death from uncontrolled haemorrhage is one of the leading causes of trauma-related mortality and is potentially preventable. Advances in understanding the mechanisms of trauma-induced coagulopathy (TIC) have focused attention on the role of blood products and procoagulants in mitigating the sequelae of TIC and how these therapies can be improved. RECENT FINDINGS: A host of preclinical and clinical studies have evaluated blood product availability and efficacy in trauma...
October 15, 2016: Current Opinion in Critical Care
Joyce Mendes Soares, Athos Gabriel Vilela Queiroz, Vaniely Kaliny Pinheiro de Queiroz, Ana Rodrigues Falbo, Marcelo Neves Silva, Tania Cursino de Menezes Couceiro, Luciana Cavalcanti Lima
INTRODUCTION: Blood is an important resource in several lifesaving interventions, such as anemia correction and improvement of oxygen transport capacity. Despite advances, packed red blood cell (PRBC) transfusion still involves risks. The aim of this study was to describe the knowledge of anesthesiologists about the indications, adverse effects, and alternatives to red blood cell transfusion intraoperatively. METHOD: Cross-sectional study using a questionnaire containing multiple choice questions and clinical cases related to relevant factors on the decision whether to perform PRBC transfusion, its adverse effects, hemoglobin triggers, preventive measures, and blood conservation strategies...
October 10, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
Fusun Gediz, Bahriye Kadriye Payzin, Sertac Ecemis, Naile Güler, Asu Fergun Yilmaz, Fusun Topcugil, Afig Berdeli
INTRODUCTION: Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) is a thrombotic microangiopathy, which develops as a result of defective activity of the alternative complement pathway and excessive complement activation due to genetic or acquired factors. No satisfactory responses were obtained by plasmapheresis, corticosteroids and fresh frozen plasma (FFP) transfusion. However, promising results are obtained in recent years by eculuzimab treatment, which inhibits C5 activation. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy, safety and effect of eculizumab on quality of life of adult aHUS patients followed in our center...
September 30, 2016: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
Naoya Uchida, Juan J Haro-Mora, Atsushi Fujita, Duck-Yeon Lee, Thomas Winkler, Matthew M Hsieh, John F Tisdale
Human embryonic stem (ES) cells and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells represent an ideal source for in vitro modeling of erythropoiesis and a potential alternative source for red blood cell transfusions. However, iPS cell-derived erythroid cells predominantly produce ε- and γ-globin without β-globin production. We recently demonstrated that ES cell-derived sacs (ES sacs), known to express hemangioblast markers, allow for efficient erythroid cell generation with β-globin production. In this study, we generated several iPS cell lines derived from bone marrow stromal cells (MSCs) and peripheral blood erythroid progenitors (EPs) from sickle cell disease patients, and evaluated hematopoietic stem/progenitor cell (HSPC) generation after iPS sac induction as well as subsequent erythroid differentiation...
October 14, 2016: Stem Cells
Han Pil Lee, Won Chul Cho, Joon Bum Kim, Sung-Ho Jung, Suk Jung Choo, Cheol Hyun Chung, Jae Won Lee
BACKGROUND: The standard approach in treating cardiac myxoma is the median full sternotomy. With the evolution of surgical techniques, the right minithoracotomy approach has emerged as an alternative method. Since few studies have been published assessing the right minithoracotomy approach, we performed a retrospective study to compare the clinical outcomes of the right minithoracotomy approach with those of the sternotomy approach. METHODS: From January 2005 to December 2014, 203 patients underwent resection of a cardiac myxoma...
October 2016: Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Jeffrey L Carson, Gordon Guyatt, Nancy M Heddle, Brenda J Grossman, Claudia S Cohn, Mark K Fung, Terry Gernsheimer, John B Holcomb, Lewis J Kaplan, Louis M Katz, Nikki Peterson, Glenn Ramsey, Sunil V Rao, John D Roback, Aryeh Shander, Aaron A R Tobian
Importance: More than 100 million units of blood are collected worldwide each year, yet the indication for red blood cell (RBC) transfusion and the optimal length of RBC storage prior to transfusion are uncertain. Objective: To provide recommendations for the target hemoglobin level for RBC transfusion among hospitalized adult patients who are hemodynamically stable and the length of time RBCs should be stored prior to transfusion. Evidence Review: Reference librarians conducted a literature search for randomized clinical trials (RCTs) evaluating hemoglobin thresholds for RBC transfusion (1950-May 2016) and RBC storage duration (1948-May 2016) without language restrictions...
October 12, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Masato Miyoshi, Sei Kakinuma, Yoko Tanabe, Koji Ishii, Tian-Cheng Li, Takaji Wakita, Yukio Tsuura, Hideki Watanabe, Yasuhiro Asahina, Mamoru Watanabe, Takaaki Ikeda
Recent case reports have shown that hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection can cause chronic hepatitis in immunosuppressed or immunocompromised patients. A 37-year-old woman suffered from prolonged elevation of aminotransferases after chemotherapy for Burkitt's lymphoma and was diagnosed with chronic hepatitis E due to a transfusion during chemotherapy. After an 8-month administration of ribavirin, complete HEV clearance was not achieved, likely due to prolonged hypogammaglobulinemia. This case indicates that HEV infection should be ruled out during liver dysfunction in immunosuppressed or immunocompromised patients and suggests that an alternative therapeutic strategy for such patients will be needed...
2016: Internal Medicine
A-Bing Li, Wei-Jiang Zhang, Jie Wang, Wei-Jun Guo, Xin-Hua Wang, You-Ming Zhao
PURPOSE: Intramedullary and extramedullary fixation methods are widely used to treat unstable femoral intertrochanteric fractures, but the optimal surgical method remains controversial. The aim of this study was to estimate the outcomes of intramedullary fixation versus extramedullary fixation in treating unstable femoral intertrochanteric fractures. METHODS: Electronic literature databases were used for searching including MEDLINE (Ovid interface), EMBASE (Ovid interface) and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (Wiley Online Library) (up to March 30, 2016)...
October 8, 2016: International Orthopaedics
Eun Seok Choi, Sungkyu Cho, Woo Sung Jang, Woong-Han Kim
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: A blood transfusion is almost inevitable in neonatal cardiac surgery. This study aimed to assess the feasibility of using autologous cord blood for a cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) priming as an alternative to an allo-transfusion in neonatal cardiac surgery. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: From January 2012 to December 2014, cord blood had been collected during delivery after informed consent and was stored immediately into a blood bank. Eight neonatal patients had their own cord blood used for CPB priming during cardiac surgery...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
N Quraishy, S Sapatnekar
The clinical importance of blood group antigens relates to their ability to evoke immune antibodies that are capable of causing hemolysis. The most important antigens for safe transfusion are ABO and D (Rh), and typing for these antigens is routinely performed for patients awaiting transfusion, prenatal patients, and blood donors. Typing for other blood group antigens, typically of the Kell, Duffy, Kidd, and MNS blood groups, is sometimes necessary, for patients who have, or are likely to develop antibodies to these antigens...
2016: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
Alberto Mussetti, Nancy A Kernan, Susan E Prockop, Andromachi Scaradavou, Rachel Lehrman, Julianne M Ruggiero, Kevin Curran, Rachel Kobos, Richard O'Reilly, Farid Boulad
Nonmalignant hematologic disorders (NMHD) of childhood comprise a variety of disorders, including acquired severe aplastic anemia and inherited marrow failure syndromes. Patients with high-risk NMHD without matched related donors fare poorly with allogeneic hematopoietic alternative donor stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) and are at high risk for developing graft-versus-host disease following unmodified grafts. The authors retrospectively analyzed data on 18 patients affected by NMHD, lacking a human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-identical sibling donor, who underwent an alternative donor allo-HSCT at their institution between April 2005 and May 2013...
October 7, 2016: Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Kenneth J Clemetson
The nomenclature of the major platelet receptors may appear complex, but in fact there are logical reasons why it developed in the way it did. In this short review, I describe the origins of this nomenclature, how it developed as more information became available and as relationships were established with receptors on other types of cells. Difficulties have also arisen with alternative nomenclature systems and the various equivalences with these are described and listed. There remain areas such as immunology and transfusion where the accepted nomenclature leaves something to be desired, but it is unlikely that major changes will occur...
August 11, 2016: Platelets
Jonathon Spanyer, Jay Patel, Eric Emberton, Langan S Smith, Arthur L Malkani
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety profiles of topical tranexamic acid (TXA) in patients undergoing elective total knee arthroplasty (TKA) with comorbid conditions precluding them from intravenous (IV) TXA use. A total of 104 patients were divided into two groups: 47 in the normal-risk group and 57 in the high-risk group, with the latter representing those with one or more risk factors for venous thromboembolism (VTE). Demographics were similar between groups, and there were no differences with regard to postoperative changes in hemoglobin (- 3...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Knee Surgery
Emily Riehm Meier, Angeli Rampersad
Once a fatal disease of childhood, more than 95% of patients born today with sickle cell disease (SCD) in developed countries are expected to survive into adulthood, largely because of improvements in supportive and preventive care (newborn screening, penicillin prophylaxis, transcranial Doppler (TCD) screening). Hydroxyurea (HU) therapy, the only oral medication currently available to prevent SCD complications, has become more widespread over the past 20 years. The NHLBI recommends that HU be offered to all patients with HbSS beginning at nine months of age, and the recently published Abnormal TCD with Transfusions Changing to HU (TWiTCH) trial has shown HU as an acceptable alternative to transfusion therapy for patients at high risk of stroke...
October 5, 2016: Pediatric Research
C Malone, J R Acheson, J D Hinds, M H McComiskey
The aim was to assess the efficacy of Syntometrine (®) (500 micrograms ergometrine with 5 units oxytocin) as an appropriate alternative first-line uterotonic for use in elective caesarean section (CS) during a national shortage of UK-licensed IV oxytocin from April-June 2014. An observational study was performed involving 2 groups of 22 women undergoing elective CS in a UK DGH during this period. Primary endpoints included mean estimated blood loss (EBL), haemoglobin drop post-operatively and transfusion requirement...
September 2016: Ulster Medical Journal
Yoshiyuki Ogawa, Shinji Kunishima, Kunio Yanagisawa, Yohei Osaki, Yuri Uchiyama, Naomichi Matsumoto, Hideaki Tokiniwa, Jun Horiguchi, Yoshihisa Nojima, Hiroshi Handa
Perioperative hemostatic management is a challenge in patients with Glanzmann thrombasthenia (GT). The standard means of preventing surgical bleeding in GT patients is platelet transfusion. However, GT patients often possess alloantibodies against GPIIb/IIIa and/or HLA, which cause resistance to platelet transfusion. HLA-matched platelet transfusion, plasmapheresis, or recombinant human-activated factor VII (rFVIIa) are alternative interventions in such cases. Monitoring of hemostasis is also critical in the management of GT patients who undergo surgery...
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Hematology
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