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Bleeding risks of herbal, homeopathic, and dietary supplements: a hidden nightmare for plastic surgeons?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22395325     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The utilization of complementary and alternative medicine has increased tremendously in the last two decades. Herbal products, homeopathic medicines, and dietary supplements are extremely popular and are available without a prescription (which likely contributes to their popularity). Despite their "natural" characteristics, these remedies have the potential to cause bleeding in patients who undergo surgery. The high use of these supplements among cosmetic surgery patients, coupled with increasing reports of hematomas associated with herbal and homeopathic medicines, prompted the authors to conduct a comprehensive review focused on bleeding risks of such products in an effort to raise awareness among plastic surgeons. This review focuses on 19 herbs, three herbal formulas, two herbal teas, and several other supplements that can cause bleeding perioperatively and postoperatively. In addition to being aware of such adverse effects, plastic surgeons must adequately screen all patients and educate them on the possible dangers associated with these treatments.
Wendy W Wong; Allen Gabriel; G Patrick Maxwell; Subhas C Gupta
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Aesthetic surgery journal / the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic surgery     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1527-330X     ISO Abbreviation:  Aesthet Surg J     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-07     Completed Date:  2012-07-02     Revised Date:  2012-09-04    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9707469     Medline TA:  Aesthet Surg J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  332-46     Citation Subset:  IM    
Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA 92354, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Loss, Surgical / prevention & control
Dietary Supplements / adverse effects
Hemorrhage / etiology,  prevention & control
Homeopathy / adverse effects*,  methods
Patient Education as Topic / methods
Phytotherapy / adverse effects*,  methods
Plant Extracts / adverse effects
Postoperative Hemorrhage / etiology,  prevention & control
Reconstructive Surgical Procedures / methods*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Plant Extracts
Comment In:
Aesthet Surg J. 2012 Mar;32(3):347-8   [PMID:  22395326 ]

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