How does blood loss affect the prognosis of liver transplantation?

Updated: Apr 19, 2019
  • Author: Vanessa A Olcese, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Ron Shapiro, MD  more...
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Historically, liver transplantation was associated with massive blood loss. More recent reports show a trend toward decreased mean blood loss, and several reports describe liver transplantation without the use of blood products. In the past, the volume of blood loss has been inversely associated with favorable outcome; therefore, efforts have been made to determine predictors of transfusion requirements.


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