The perioperative management of two patients undergoing complex "redo" cardiac surgical procedures are presented. The management of both patients included the prophylactic administration of aprotinin via a "compassionate use" protocol. Aprotinin, a serine protease inhibitor, has been shown to limit the exposure to blood and blood products in patients undergoing high-risk cardiac surgical procedures. In late December 1993, the Food and Drug Administration approved aprotinin for administration to cardiac surgical patients considered at high risk for post-cardiopulmonary bypass coagulopathies. Indications for the administration of aprotinin, as well as a brief review of the literature relating to the perioperative administration of aprotinin, are included.
- cardiopulmonary bypass
- surgery, cardiac
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine