Journal article

Reference values for kaolin-activated thromboelastography in healthy children

Kah-Lok Chan, Robyn G Summerhayes, Vera Ignjatovic, Stephen B Horton, Paul T Monagle

ANESTHESIA AND ANALGESIA | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2007

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The hemostatic system of children changes with age and differs significantly from the hemostatic system of adults. Age-specific reference values are therefore required for most hemostatic variables. Thromboelastography (TEG) is a point-of-care coagulation test that may provide superior evaluation and management of coagulopathies after cardiac surgery, when large-dose unfractionated heparin is administered for cardiopulmonary bypass. In this study, we established reference values for kaolin-activated TEG in healthy children, to facilitate accurate interpretation of pediatric TEG results. METHODS: Kaolin-activated TEG was performed on 100 healthy children undergoing elective day su..

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