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Association of massive transfusion for resuscitation in gastrointestinal bleeding with transfusion-related acute lung injury

Akram Khan, James J. Case, Nasreen Khan, Michael Delrahim, Jasmina Dizdarevic, Dane J. Nichols, Martin A. Schreiber, Thomas G. Deloughery

Keywords : Blood transfusion, gastrointestinal bleeding, Intensive Care Unit, massive transfusion, outcomes, resuscitation

Citation Information : Khan A, Case JJ, Khan N, Delrahim M, Dizdarevic J, Nichols DJ, Schreiber MA, Deloughery TG. Association of massive transfusion for resuscitation in gastrointestinal bleeding with transfusion-related acute lung injury. Indian J Crit Care Med 2017; 21 (8):506-513.

DOI: 10.4103/ijccm.IJCCM_380_16

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-09-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; The Author(s).


Background and Aims: This study aimed to understand the use of massive transfusion (MT) for gastrointestinal bleeding (GIB). Patients and Methods: We performed a retrospective analysis of patients admitted to our medical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with GIB for the type of bleeding, quantity of blood products transfused, and risk of transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) and death. MT was defined as transfusion of 10 or more units of red blood cell (RBC) within a 24-h period in a 1-unit RBC: 1-unit fresh frozen plasma: and 1-unit platelet ratio. TRALI was defined as development of acute lung injury (ALI), within 6 h of transfusion, with new bilateral pulmonary infiltrates, absence of circulatory overload, or other explanation for ALI. Results: In a 43-month interval, 169 patients were admitted to the ICU with GIB and received blood products, of whom 13 received MT. Ten patients developed TRALI, of whom 7 (70%) had received MT. MT was associated with an increased risk of TRALI (odds ratio [OR]: 17.9, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 2.9–111.2, P = 0.002) after adjusting for age, sex, body mass index, baseline vitals, and laboratory data. Death was predicted by MT (OR: 5.6, 95% CI: 1.6–19.7, P = 0.007), TRALI (OR: 2.3, 95% CI: 1.1–4.6, P = 0.02), and Acute Physiologic Chronic Health Evaluation II score (OR: 1.17 per unit increase, 95% CI: 1.09–1.26, P < 0.001) after adjusting for age and sex. Conclusions: MT for GIB is associated with an increased risk of TRALI and death. Prospective studies assessing the use of MT in this population are needed to understand and improve outcomes.

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