Journal article

Anaesthesia for hemipelvectomy - a series of 49 cases

R Molnar, G Emery, PFM Choong

Anaesthesia and Intensive Care | AUSTRALIAN SOC ANAESTHETISTS | Published : 2007


We undertook an audit of 49 consecutive hemipelvectomies performed for primary or secondary malignancy. Combined epidural and general anaesthesia was used in 41 patients. The operations were long (range 90 to 600 minutes). The median crystalloid requirement was 8500 ml (range 1000 to 42000 ml) and a median of seven units of packed red blood cells were transfused (range 0 to 44 units). All measures of coagulation were normalised by the first postoperative day using fresh frozen plasma, platelets and cryoprecipitate. Warmed blood was administered at high flow rates using a custom designed system consisting of a roller pump and high capacity fluid warmer Thirty-five patients were managed postop..

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