Garlic-Induced Surgical Bleeding: How Much Is Too Much?

A A Case Rep. 2016 Dec 15;7(12):266-269. doi: 10.1213/XAA.0000000000000403.


A patient underwent C2-T2 decompression and fusion with excessive intraoperative bleeding and no clear source. The patient denied the use of blood-thinning medications, but had consumed the equivalent of 12 g garlic daily in the days leading up to the surgery. He was treated with desmopressin acetate (DDAVP) and cryoprecipitate with adequate control of bleeding. Garlic is known to have an antiplatelet effect, although the dose range necessary to create a bleeding abnormality has not yet been well described nor has the effect of taking garlic with sertraline or other agents with an established or potential effect on coagulation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Blood Loss, Surgical* / prevention & control
  • Decompression, Surgical / methods*
  • Garlic / adverse effects*
  • Hemostasis, Surgical / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Spinal Fusion / methods*
  • Spinal Stenosis / surgery*
  • Treatment Outcome