Blood Transfusion - 4 2009 (October - December)
The clinical use of albumin: the point of view of a specialist in intensive care
Authors:  Pietro Caironi, Luciano Gattinoni
Pages:  259-26
To cite this article:  Blood Transfus 2009; 7: 259-67
Doi:  10.2450/2009.0002-09
Published online:  15/01/2009

In the last decades, research on albumin and its administration to critically ill patients have increased considerably, both in clinical and experimental settings. The observations obtained in research ground have gradually led, on the one hand, to important results1 with a potential clinical impact on the treatment of different pathological conditions, and, on the other hand, to discussions and controversies2-4. It is, therefore, mandatory to ask ourselves whether it is really so important to "care" about albumin when dealing with clinical research in intensive care and, if so, why. A rapid glance at the bulk of data available on the topic may guide the answer to these questions (...).
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