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Jaundice following cardiopulmonary bypass
  1. James S. Robinson,
  2. F. R. Cole1,
  3. P. Gibson,
  4. J. A. Simpson
  1. Thoracic Surgery Unit and the Department of Biochemistry, Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, Western Australia


    Serial liver function tests were performed in 29 adult patients following cardiopulmonary bypass for various open-heart procedures. In 22 patients there was a rise in serum bilirubin above 1·5 mg./100 ml., with clinical jaundice in 19 and bilirubinuria in 15 patients. The incidence of jaundice was related to age, the severity of pre-operative cardiac failure, and the duration of perfusion. Possible mechanisms for jaundice are discussed, and evidence is presented that liver damage may follow extracorporeal circulation.

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    • 1 In receipt of a grant (V.103) from the National Heart Foundation of Australia