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THE JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
A Journal on Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery
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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2002 April;43(2):185-8
Washing of the residual solution of cardiopulmonary bypass circuit after coronary artery bypass grafting in idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura
Ohno H., Higashidate M., Yokosuka T.
From the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery Yokohama National Hospital, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
A 76-year-old female with chronic idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura required coronary bypass grafting. Preoperative treatment with high-dose intravenous immunoglobulin at a dose of 0.4 g/kg/day raised the platelet count from 57,000 to 110,000/µL. After termination of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) the residual blood in the CPB circuit was washed to reduce total immunoglobulin G (IgG) level, including platelet-associated immunoglobulin G (PA-IgG), and returned to the patient. Intraoperative platelet transfusion was used due to a drop in platelet count to the pretreatment level. The postoperative level of IgG and PA-IgG remained significantly lower than preoperatively. The postoperative course was uneventful and without bleeding complications. Perioperative management of a patient with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura undergoing open-heart surgery is discussed.