Cryoglobulinemia: Caution for Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery

Asian Cardiovasc Thorac Ann. 2019 Sep;27(7):600-602

Keywords: Cardiopulmonary bypass, cryoglobulinemia, heart valve prosthesis implantation, hepatitis C, thoracic surgery, vasculitis.

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We describe the case of a 65-year-old man with cryoglobulinemia undergoing cardiac surgery for combined mitral and aortic endocarditis, his preoperative management, and postoperative complications including purpura fulminans as the result of a cryoglobulinemia crisis, ending in death.