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The Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
Thromboelastography and its use in cardiac surgery [Anatol J Cardiol]
Anatol J Cardiol. 2008; 8(2): 154-162

Thromboelastography and its use in cardiac surgery

Koray Ak1, Nazan Atalan1, Atike Tekeli1, Selim İşbir1, Ali Civelek1, Nesrin Emekli2
1Marmara Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Kalp ve Damar Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, İstanbul Türkiye
2Marmara Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Enstitüsü Diş Hekimliği Fakültesi Biyokimya Anabilim Dalı, İstanbul, Türkiye

Thromboelastography is an alternative method to conventional coagulation tests for the general evaluation of hemostatic system. Cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass is accomplished by complex alterations of hemostasis, including acquired dysfunction of platelets, consumption coagulopathy and increased fibrinolysis. Despite major advances in blood conservation methods and perioperative care of the patients, transfusion rates in cardiac surgery remain high. Thromboelastography has an ability to assess almost all components of haemostatic system globally. Currently, thromboelastography is used with standard coagulation tests to decrease the microvascular bleeding and homologous blood transfusion in cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass. In this review, we aimed to discuss thromboelastography technology and its usage in cardiac surgery.

Keywords: Thromboelastography, haemostatic system and cardiac surgery

Koray Ak, Nazan Atalan, Atike Tekeli, Selim İşbir, Ali Civelek, Nesrin Emekli. Thromboelastography and its use in cardiac surgery. Anatol J Cardiol. 2008; 8(2): 154-162
Manuscript Language: English


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