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Hydroxyethyl starch and coagulation

  • J. Treib
  • M. T. Grauer
Part of the Topics in Anaesthesia and Critical Care book series (TIACC)

Abstract

Hydroxyethyl starch (HES) is one of the most frequently used volume replacement agents. Its advantages, such as high efficacy, few allergic reactions, low cost and general availability, are generally acknowledged. The main disadvantage of HES is its adverse effects on coagulation and resulting hemorrhagic complications. During recent years, studies have been carried out that attempted to examine how HES affects rheology and coagulation, to what extent these effects are clinically relevant and how they can be avoided. Since the first reports of bleeding complications were published in the 1980s, several new types of HES have entered the market, giving the physician a greater choice and the opportunity to avoid some of the undesired side effects of HES.

Keywords

Hydroxyethyl Starch Plasma Viscosity Erythrocyte Aggregation Hydroxyethyl Group Stroke Study Group 
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