The impact of blood transfusion on the development of postoperative infections in colon cancer patients

A. Vignali, M. Braga, G. Radaelli, V. Di Carlo

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Abstract

The contribution of blood transfusions to the occurrence of postoperative infections has been prospectively evaluated in 161 consecutive colorectal cancer patients who were operated on at our Institution. On admission, sex, age, total iron binding capacity, measurement of serum albumin and hemoglobin concentration, assessment of immune response by skin test (DHR) and weight loss were evaluated along with the duration of surgery, intraoperative blood loss and disease staging (Astler and Coller). Thirty-one patients (19.4%) developed postoperative infection. Univariate analysis showed that these infections were significantly related to the amount of transfused blood (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-180
Number of pages5
JournalResearch in Surgery
Volume5
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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