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Minerva Anestesiologica 2019 December;85(12):1346-56

DOI: 10.23736/S0375-9393.19.13687-5

Copyright © 2019 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Comparison between thromboelastography and thromboelastometry

Tetsuro SAKAI

Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Pittsburgh, PA, USA



Two of the most commonly used viscoelastic hemostatic assays, thromboelastometry (ROTEM) and thrombelastography (TEG), have proven to decrease allogenic blood transfusions with cost reduction and possibly decrease mortality and morbidity in cardiac, trauma, and other bleeding patients. This article compares the two devices to provide guidance on the selection and use of these monitoring systems. Their second-generation assays, TEG 6S and ROTEM Sigma, are also discussed.


KEY WORDS: Thromboelastography; Blood coagulation monitoring; Physiologic monitoring

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