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The incidence of thrombocytopenia after cardiopulmonary bypass in children with Down syndrome [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2011; 39(4): 283-291 | DOI: 10.5543/tkda.2011.01443

The incidence of thrombocytopenia after cardiopulmonary bypass in children with Down syndrome

Belma Saygılı Karagöl1, Kürşad Tokel2, Birgül Varan2, Şükrü Mercan3
1Baskent University Medical Faculty Department of Pediatrics, Ankara, Turkey
2Baskent University Medical Faculty Pediatric Cardiology Division, Ankara, Turkey
3Baskent University Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Ankara, Turkey

We investigated the incidence of thrombocytopenia in pediatric patients with Down syndrome following cardiac surgery for congenital heart disease.

We retrospectively evaluated 162 patients (81 girls, 81 boys; mean age 26.1±39.5 months) who underwent total surgical correction for congenital heart disease. The patients were divided into two groups with respect to the presence (n=118) or absence (n=44, controls) of Down syndrome. Platelet counts were performed preoperatively and on days 1 to 7 after surgery and thrombocytopenia was defined as a platelet count of less than 100,000/mm3.

The incidence of thrombocytopenia was significantly higher in patients with Down syndrome compared to controls (61.9% vs. 34.1%, p=0.002). Severe thrombocytopenia was observed in 22% and 4.6% of cases with and without Down syndrome, respectively. Postoperative platelet counts showed sharp decreases in both groups, bottoming out on day 3 and with more significant decreases in patients with Down syndrome; they started to rise on day 4, but remained lower than baseline levels on day 7. The only significant differences between the two groups in preoperative and postoperative variables were higher incidences of reintubation (26.3% vs. 9.1%, p=0.003) and complications during intensive care (50.9% vs. 27.3%, p=0.007) in cases with Down syndrome. Comparison of patients with and without thrombocytopenia independent of Down syndrome yielded significant differences for thrombocytopenic patients with respect to age, operation age, the presence of cyanosis, type of surgery and operation time, aortic clamp and bypass times, lengths of intensive care and hospital stay, intubation and chest tube drainage times, and the incidence of postoperative complications (p<0.05).

Despite higher incidence of thrombocytopenia, the presence of Down syndrome was not associated with significant differences other than increased reintubation requirement and higher complication rate during intensive care.

Keywords: Cardiopulmonary bypass, child, Down syndrome/complications; heart defects, congenital/surgery; platelet count; postoperative complications; thrombocytopenia/etiology

How to cite this article
Belma Saygılı Karagöl, Kürşad Tokel, Birgül Varan, Şükrü Mercan. The incidence of thrombocytopenia after cardiopulmonary bypass in children with Down syndrome. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2011; 39(4): 283-291

Corresponding Author: Belma Saygılı Karagöl, Türkiye
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