Secondary polycythemia does not increase the risk of perioperative hemorrhagic or thrombotic complications

David A. Lubarsky, Christopher J. Gallagher, Julia L. Berend

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

16 Scopus citations


Study Objective: To determine the effects of secondary polycythemia on perioperative hemorrhagic and thrombotic complications. Design: Retrospective chart review. Setting: Surgical patients at a university-affiliated Veterans Administration Hospital. Patients: One hundred patients with a diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and a preoperative hemoglobin concentration (Hb) >16 g/dl and 100 age-, sex-, operation-, and ASA physical status-matched control patients without secondary polycythemia having operations during January to June 1988. Measurements and Main Results: Anesthetic and perioperative records were retrospectively analyzed for excessive bleeding and transfusion requirements. Charts also were retrospectively analyzed for the presence of hemorrhagic and thrombotic complications for 30 days following surgery. The secondary polycythemic patients were compared with the matched control group and did not have a higher frequency of these complications. Red blood cell transfusion requirements for patients with secondary polycythemia were less than that for the matched controls (p < 0.005). There was no statistical difference for transfusions of other types of blood products such as platelets and fresh frozen plasma (FFP). Conclusion: Secondary polycythemia does not impart any added perioperative risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-103
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Anesthesia
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • blood platelet disorders
  • Polycythemia
  • risk factors, anesthetic
  • thrombosis, hemorrhage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


Dive into the research topics of 'Secondary polycythemia does not increase the risk of perioperative hemorrhagic or thrombotic complications'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this