Intraoperative autotransfusion in blunt abdominal trauma

J Pediatr Surg. 1980 Dec;15(6):735-6. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3468(80)80273-9.


We have used intraoperative autotransfusion in three cases of massive intraabdominal hemorrhage following blunt trauma. Based on this experience we recommend that: (1) To prevent sudden collapse the abdomen should be decompressed slowly through a small incision while blood is collected into the autotransfusion reservoir; (2) A skilled person is required to operate the autotransfusor; and (3) To prevent consumption coagulopathy, autotransfusion must be supplemented by the use of blood components, especially fresh frozen plasma.

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Injuries / complications*
  • Blood Coagulation Tests
  • Blood Transfusion, Autologous*
  • Hemorrhage / etiology
  • Hemorrhage / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Intraoperative Care*
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / complications*