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May 1929


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From the Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, State University of Iowa.

Am J Dis Child. 1929;37(5):1007. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1929.01930050117012

Within recent years numerous articles have appeared concerning the value of intraperitoneal transfusion of blood. Certain reports indicate that red blood corpuscles find their way into the blood stream within a short time, often within a few minutes, when injected intraperitoneally. Others offer evidence that the fluid portion of the blood may be absorbed first and the corpuscles later. Most authors emphasize the comparatively good results of transfusion by this route and point out the ease, convenience and simplicity as compared with the direct method.

I wish to call attention to the fact that blood absorption from the peritoneal cavity is sometimes an uncertain process, occasionally being too slow to be of any therapeutic value. McKhann1 already has noted the uncertainty of absorption and reported seven cases in which intraperitoneal transfusions had been used on infants. Necropsy was performed on five, and blood in varying amounts was found in