By Christopher M. Loftus
This publication is an updated reference on all facets of anticoagulation and hemostasis in neurosurgery. After a gap part on easy rules and drug periods in present use, distinctive attention is given to coagulation concerns appropriate to all sufferers, not only neurosurgical ones. The insurance comprises, for instance, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and disseminated intravascular coagulation. quite a few vital concerns particular to neurosurgical perform are then addressed, and a precis of present directions and top practices is supplied. through bringing jointly the most recent wisdom from around the self-discipline, this publication will function a valid foundation for expert choice making in surgical perform. it is going to be of day-by-day price for neurosurgeons and trainees all over the world and also will be of curiosity to emergency room physicians, surgeons more often than not, severe care physicians, neurologists, and medical institution drugs specialists.
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