Richard V. Smalley, M.D.; Felix M. Cortes, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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The significance of acanthrocytes and red cell fragmentation was evaluated in 31 patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass. Seven patients served as controls, and 24 patients with valvular prosthesis were observed for a period of at least 2 weeks. In the control group minimal red cell fragmentation (2-3/10 hpf) was seen, while acanthrocytes were present only during and immediately after cardiopulmonary bypass. In seven patients with valvular replacement the results were similar to the control group. Six other patients showed increased red cell fragmentation (15/10 hpf). In three of these, red cell fragmentation disappeared by the third postoperative week, in two by
Smalley RV, Cortes FM. Acanthrocytes and Schistocytes After Cardiopulmonary Bypass.. Ann Intern Med. ;70:1086. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-70-5-1086_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1969;70(5):1086.
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