Coagulopathy After Cardiopulmonary Bypass in Jehovah’s Witness Patients: Management of Two Cases Using Fractionated Components and Factor VIIa

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Changes in the Jehovah's Witness (JW) blood refusal policy now give members the personal choice to accept certain processed fractions of blood, such as factor concentrates and cryoprecipitate.


Two JW patients undergoing complex aortic surgery who developed severe microvascular bleeding after prolonged use of cardiopulmonary bypass were treated with recombinant activated factor VII, cryoprecipitate, and antithrombin concentrate.


Cardiopulmonary bypass-induced coagulopathy was successfully treated, allowing chest closure without evidence of thrombotic complications.


Processed blood fractions can be a valuable adjuvant to drugs when treating bleeding in JW patients.

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