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Plasma exchange as rescue therapy in multiple organ failure including acute renal failure
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
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2003 (English)In: Crit Care Med, Vol. 31, no 6, 1730-6 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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OBJECTIVE: To describe the outcome of using a rescue therapy including plasma exchange given to patients with a progressive acute disseminated intravascular coagulation and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: University and county hospital. PATIENTS: Included were 76 consecutive patients (41 men and 35 women) treated with plasma exchange as rescue therapy besides optimal conventional therapy during a progressive course of disseminated intravascular coagulation and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, including acute renal failure. Of the 76 patients, 66% needed dialysis. The distribution was hemodialysis in 76%, continuous arteriovenous hemofiltration in 36%, continuous venovenous hemodialysis in 12%, and peritoneal dialysis in 24%. The median organ-failure score was 5 (range, 1-6). Seventy-two percent required mechanical ventilation; septic shock was present in 88%. The median septic shock score was 4 (range, 2-4). Nine patients had another reason than sepsis for the multiple organ dysfunction syndrome. INTERVENTION: Plasma exchange (centrifugation technique) was performed until disseminated intravascular coagulation was reversed (median, two times; range, 1-14). Besides antibiotics and fluid administration, most patients received heparin or low molecular weight heparin (77%), steroids (87%), and inotropes (88%). More than one vasoactive drug was used in 57% of the patients. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Eighty-two percent of the patients survived and could leave the hospital. The previously observed survival rates by others for this category of patients would be <20%, and thus, the outcome in this study is significantly better. CONCLUSION: Plasma exchange using plasma as replacement may, in addition to conventional intensive care, help to reverse severe progressive disseminated intravascular coagulation and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome and improve survival.

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2003. Vol. 31, no 6, 1730-6 p.
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Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Child, Preschool, Combined Modality Therapy, Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation/mortality/*therapy, Female, Humans, Kidney Failure, Acute/*therapy, Male, Middle Aged, Multiple Organ Failure/etiology/mortality/*therapy, *Plasma Exchange/adverse effects, Renal Dialysis, Retrospective Studies, Sepsis/complications/microbiology, Survival Rate, Sweden/epidemiology, Treatment Outcome
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-100609ISBN: 0090-3493 (Print)OAI: diva2:792794

Stegmayr, Bernd G Banga, Ravjet Berggren, Lars Norda, Rut Rydvall, Anders Vikerfors, Tomas United States Critical care medicine Crit Care Med. 2003 Jun;31(6):1730-6.

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