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Article
January 29, 1927

THE COAGULATION TIME IN ETHYLENE ANESTHESIA

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO
From the surgical department, Michael Reese Hospital.

JAMA. 1927;88(5):310-311. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680310022005
Abstract

It is observed that during operations in which ethylene is employed as the anesthetic there is an apparent increased bleeding from the surfaces made on cutting. In order to collect definite data on this point, we undertook the study of the coagulation time and the bleeding time on patients receiving ethylene gas for anesthesia.

In a search of the literature we were unable to find any reports in regard to the action of ethylene anesthesia on coagulation time or bleeding time. Caine 1 mentions that the oozing during the operation appears to be increased, though his later observations do not bear this out. He states that the number of ligatures during an abdominal section under ethylene anesthesia is no greater than when any other general anesthetic is employed. That there is an appearance of intravital coagulation and thrombosis in the vessels of internal organs after ether and chloroform narcosis was

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