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Repeat Cardiac Surgery in a Jehovah's Witness Patient With Thrombocytopenia

Published:October 10, 2011DOI:


      Complex cardiac surgery in Jehovah‘s Witness patients can be challenging, especially if it is a reoperation and the patient has a preexisting bleeding disorder. We operated on a patient who was declined for percutaneous aortic valve replacement and who required repeat surgery for aortic valve repeat replacement and root repair. In addition to being of Jehovah's Witness faith, the patient had chronic thrombocytopenia. We describe our strategy in managing this situation.


      La chirurgie cardiaque complexe chez les patients appartenant aux Témoins de Jéhovah peut être difficile, spécialement s'il s'agit d'une réintervention chez un patient connu pour un trouble de saignement. Nous avons opéré un patient qui avait été refusé pour le remplacement d'une valve aortique percutanée et qui avait besoin de répéter une chirurgie pour le remplacement d'une valve aortique et la réparation de la racine. En plus d'être un témoin de Jéhovah, le patient avait une thrombocytopénie chronique. Nous décrivons notre stratégie dans la gestion de cette situation.
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