Extensive cyrtoreductive surgery in a Jehovah’s Witness patient. A case report


COD: 1960_13_03_2015_ep Categorie: ,

Carlo Vallicelli, Fausto Catena, Claudio Ghermandi, Annalisa Amaduzzi, Federico Coccolini, Lucia Cipolat, Matteo Martignani, Daniel Lazzareschi, Michele Cucchi, Riccardo Schiavina, Antonio Di Pinna

Ann. Ital. Chir.Published online (EP) 13 March 2015

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Jehovah’s Witnesses are a well-known patient demographic in medicine because of their religious-based refusal of bloodtransfusion. This case report outlines the treatment of a Jehovah’s Witness patient in need of an extensive cytoreductivesurgery due to a peritoneal carcinomatosis of ovarian origin. The surgeons carried out all the recommended surgical andanaesthetic measures concluding that extensive cytoreductive surgery on a Jehovah’s Witness is possible and that a com-plete cytoreduction can be safely performed.