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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 315-318

Leukemoid like reaction in a post CABG patient

1 Department of Anaesthesiology, MOSC Medical College, Kolenchery, Kerala, India
2 Department of CVTS, MOSC Medical College, Kolenchery, Kerala, India

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Dr. G Padmakumar
Mani Bhavanam, Erezha South, Mavelikara, Alleppey - 690 106, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5049.135046

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The presentation of leukemoid reaction in patients post-cardiac surgery is rare with limited prior reports in the English language literature. We report a case of raised leukocyte count with no evidence of infection in a patient post coronary artery bypass graft surgery. The exaggerated inflammatory response by the patient to extra-corporeal circulation was drastically elevated, but fell short of the leukaemoid reaction definition - so we have defined it as a leukaemoid like reaction. A clear correlation between the extra-corporeal circulation and inflammatory response is documented.

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