Advantage of autologous blood transfusion in surgery for hepatocellular carcinoma

Yoshito Tomimaru, Hidetoshi Eguchi, Shigeru Marubashi, Hiroshi Wada, Shogo Kobayashi, Masahiro Tanemura, Koji Umeshita, Yuichiro Doki, Masaki Mori, Hiroaki Nagano

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AIM: To evaluate the significance of autologous blood transfusion (AT) in reducing homologous blood transfusion (HT) in surgery for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: The proportion of patients who received HT was compared between two groups determined by the time of AT introduction; period A (1991-1994, n = 93) and period B (1995-2000, n = 201). Multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed in order to identify independent significant predictors of the need for HT. We also investigated the impact of AT and HT on long-term postoperative outcome after curative surgery for HCC. RESULTS: The proportion of patients with HT was significantly lower in period B than period A (18.9% vs 60.2%, P < 0.0001). Multivariate logistic regression analysis identified AT administration as a significant independent predictor of the need for HT (P < 0.0001). Disease-free survival in patients with AT was comparable to that without any transfusion. Multivariate analysis identified HT administration as an independent significant factor for poorer disease-free survival (P = 0.0380). CONCLUSION: AT administration significantly decreased the need for H T. Considering the postoperative survival disadvantage of H T, AT administration could improve the long-term outcome of HCC patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3709-3715
Number of pages7
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number32
Publication statusPublished - Aug 28 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gastroenterology


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