Impact of a programme of autologous blood donation on the incidence of infection in patients with colorectal cancer

A. Vignali, L. M. Braga, P. Dionigi, G. Radaelli, O. Gentilini, A. Bellini, V. Jemos, V. Di Carlo

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Abstract

Objective: To assess the effects of both autologous and homologous blood transfusion on the incidence of infective complications after elective operations for colorectal cancer. Design: Prospective open study. Setting: University hospital, Italy. Interventions: Recording of variables known to influence the development of infection. Main outcome measures: Infective morbidity and mortality. Results. Fifty-three patients (33%) deposited their own blood. Eighty-six of the 161 (53%) patients were transfused, 36 were given autologous blood, 48 homologous blood and 2 both autologous and homologous blood. These two were excluded from the analysis. Infective complications developed in 28 patients (17%), of which 7/75 (9%) were in patients who had not been transfused, 5/56 (14%) in patients given autologous transfusion, and 16/48 (33%) in patients given homologous transfusions (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-492
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Surgery, Acta Chirurgica
Volume161
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1995

Keywords

  • Blood transfusion
  • Colon cancer
  • Postoperative infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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