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Cellular Analysis of Blood Suctioned During Surgery for Musculoskeletal Tumors

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Musculoskeletal Tumors

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Cellular Analysis of Blood Suctioned During Surgery for Musculoskeletal Tumors

Allogenic Blood transfusions are associated with numerous complications from simple uticaria
to serious transmissible diseases. While improved testing has significantly decreased the
incidence of AIDS and hepatitis C to approximately 1:2,000,000 units tested; hepatitis B
approximately 1:200,000 units tested, more frequent complications occur secondary to
immunomodulation, which results in making infections more common. These are not due to
infected blood, but develop because of changes in patients' immune system after having
received an allogenic red blood cell transfusion. The relative risk for developing an
infection is 1.6 for 1-3 red blood cell units and 3.6 for patients who receive more than 3
red cell units. Patients who receive transfusions have a 52% greater risk of developing
pneumonia and a 35% greater risk of developing a urinary tract infection. On average,
hospitalization costs $14,000 more for patients with a serious infection. These infections
prolong the length of hospitalization after surgery and may even result in death.2 Other
complications of transfusion include Transfusion Related Acute Lung Injury which causes at
least 5300 TRALI reactions per year in the US alone, and approximately 500 deaths. In fact,
just one donor whose blood triggered a TRALI death was found on review of records to have
caused 14 previous cases of TRALI. Other serious complications include Adult Respiratory
Distress Syndrome, and transfusion reactions. As a group, these complications of transfusion
result in increased morbidity and mortality. Therefore, it is in the best interest of
patients to decrease the amount of allogenic blood transfused (from other individuals). To
prevent this, surgeons employ the use of a Cell Saver (CS) during surgery which collects the
patient's own blood from the operative field and washes it. This blood is then re-infused
into the patient's intravenous, minimizing the need for transfusion of blood from the blood

Despite the benefits of the cell saver, it is not used in patients who have malignancy due
to concern that the tumor cells may spread systemically via the blood. Due to the nature of
musculoskeletal tumor resections there is often significant blood loss. Dissection is
regularly through the muscles rather than around muscular intervals, which can result in
significant bleeding. The goal of this study is to determine the presence or absence of
tumor cells in the blood suctioned from the surgical field. Pending the outcome,
consideration will be made to go forward with a second study to determine if cell saver
could be used in patients with malignancy undergoing surgery.

It is unclear whether tumor cells are present in the blood suctioned from an extremity
malignancy resection. It is also unknown if the processing of blood suctioned would remove
tumor cells from the blood to be transfused. If no tumor cells are found in the blood after
processing then transfusion of this blood would likely be safe. This could result in
decreased blood transfusions in this patient population. This would not only decrease risk
to these patients, it would also improve the blood supply, ensuring that blood is available
for other patients who require it. This work is highly significant as it would both improve
safety in this patient population and improve the blood supply. Data collected will include
the patient's diagnosis, the presence or absence of metastatic disease, whether they have
been previously treated with chemotherapy or radiation and the dates of that treatment.
Patients will undergo surgery and anesthesia in the usual manner. Three sets of specimens
approximately 4mL each would be taken; one from a peripheral line prior to opening the skin,
the second sample will be taken from the surgical field or suction canister during the tumor
resection the third from the surgical field or suction canister shortly before the tumor is
removed. These samples will be taken to Dr. Fitzhugh's laboratory for slide staining.

Patients who are determined by their surgeon and/or anesthesiologist to require blood will
be administered blood processed by the University Hospital Blood Bank using standard
transfusion protocols. No blood taken from the patient or the operative field will be

There are no significant risks in this study. Roughly 2 ml of blood is required for the
total number of slides (2-4) that would be prepared per tube. This amount of blood 12 mL is
less than one tablespoon and does not pose significant risk to the patient nor does it
increase the likelihood of transfusion. Slides will be stained using the Diff-Quik staining
method, a method similar to the Wright-Giemsa staining used in hematology laboratories. The
technique is rapid (requires only 3 minutes per submitted sample) and inexpensive. Slides
will be reviewed by Dr. Fitzhugh.

Inclusion Criteria:

- all patients undergoing orthopedic surgery for musculoskeletal tumors

Exclusion Criteria:

- pts who are pregnant

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Time Perspective: Prospective

Outcome Measure:

presence of tumor cells in the operative field

Outcome Time Frame:


Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Yuriy Gubenko, MD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:



United States: Food and Drug Administration

Study ID:




Start Date:

May 2012

Completion Date:

July 2013

Related Keywords:

  • Musculoskeletal Tumors



University Hospital Newark, New Jersey  07103