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February 2019 Br J Cardiol 2019;26:10

Cytokine removal in sepsis and endocarditis

BJC Staff

Abstract

The technology is already used to treat inflammation in critically ill and cardiac surgery patients as an early standalone (I.e. without combined renal replacement) therapy for extracorporeal cytokine removal. It is designed to reduce the ‘cytokine storm’ or ‘cytokine release syndrome’, a major contributing factor in inflammation. The controlled study of 20 patients was conducted by a team at the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Therapy of the University Szeged in Hungary, led by Professor Zsolt Molnar. They investigated the effects of a single treatment of extracorporeal cytokine removal with CytoSorb® therapy, in additio

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