oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Endothelial dysfunction in the peri-operative setting : anaesthesia for vascular surgery
While peri-operative macrovascular events (e.g. myocardial infarction, stroke, etc) are readily evident, their absolute incidence remains relatively low. In contrast, microvascular dysfunction and its role in peri-operative morbidity is not readily appreciated nor easily measured. Given the ubiquitous presence of endothelium in all organs, microvascular dysfunction is likely to have a greater impact, through impaired perfusion, on non-cardiovascular complications (e.g. wound healing and end organ failure) than that which is readily appreciated.
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