2017
DOI: 10.1002/14651858.cd012497.pub2
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Plasma transfusions prior to lumbar punctures and epidural catheters for people with abnormal coagulation

Abstract: Background-The insertion of a lumbar puncture needle or epidural catheter may be associated with peri-and post-procedural bleeding. People who require this procedure may have disorders of coagulation as a result of their underlying illness, co-morbidities or the effects of treatment. Clinical practice in some institutions is to mitigate the risk of bleeding in these patients by prophylactically transfusing plasma in order to correct clotting factor deficiencies prior to the procedure. However, plasma transfusi… Show more

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