ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Clinical management of bloodless surgery for aortic valves fibroelastoma and coronary artery disease in a Jehova Witness
Kürşad Öz1, Özer Ulukan1, Ender Öner2, Ersin Erek3
1Departments of Cardiovascular Surgery, İstanbul Mehmet Akif Ersoy Thoracic and Cardiovascular Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
2Departments of Cardiology, İstanbul Mehmet Akif Ersoy Thoracic and Cardiovascular Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
3Department of Cardiovascular and Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery, Medical Faculty of Acıbadem University, Atakent Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2016.11540
A papillary fibroelastoma is an extremely rare cardiac tumor which often presents asymptomatically. However, it may lead to potentially severe complications due to thromboembolic risk. Cardiac surgery in Jehovah’s Witnesses is a still infrequent procedure due to their religious beliefs which prohibit blood and blood product transfusion in any case, even in fatal emergency operations. Herein, we report a clinical management approach of blood preservation protocol during successful surgical treatment of coronary artery disease and a concomitant aortic valve fibroelastoma in a Jehovah’s Witness in the light of literature data.
Keywords : Blood preservation; Jehovah’s Witness; papillary fibroelastoma; transfusion
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