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Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2001 Aug;15(8):1109-13.

Review article: transfusion in gastrointestinal haemorrhage--if, when and how much?

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Discipline of Community Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Newcastle, Australia.


Despite the conventional wisdom that blood transfusion is of use in acute upper gastrointestinal haemorrhage, this review proposes that there is considerable doubt about the optimal timing and intensity of transfusion of blood and crystalloids in this setting. It advocates the need for controlled trials to identify the most appropriate timing and intensity of transfusion of patients with acute gastrointestinal haemorrhage.

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