Extraction of bisphenol-A from a cardiopulmonary bypass circuit

H. Sakurai, M. Maeda, K. Miyahara, M. Nakayama, H. Murayama, H. Hasegawa, M. Hayakawa, T. Sugiura, K. Kamikura

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We measured levels of bisphenol-A (BPA) in a priming solution and blood of a cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) circuit. Eight circuits were used in the study of a priming solution. Blood samples were obtained from 6 patients who underwent open heart surgery after the commencement of CPB and at the termination of CPB. Another 3 samples were collected directly from the saline in a polyethylene container as a control. Then the concentrations of BPA in them were determined by means of gas chromatography. No detectable BPA was found in controls. However, a small amount was detected in the saline from the circuits (0.9 +/- 1.1 micrograms/l). A very small amount was also detected in the blood after the commencement and at the termination of CPB (0.3 +/- 0.2 microgram/l, and 0.4 +/- 0.3 microgram/l, respectively). BPA was considered to be leached from the circuit to the priming solution and the blood because the parts of the reservoir and the oxygenator were made of polycarbonate containing BPA. We suppose the BPA concentration is probably at a safe level. However, the data on the endocrinologically toxic level of blood BPA are insufficient. Therefore, the use of plastic in a circuit may require closer scrutiny to determine whether BPA contributes to exposure to xenoestrogens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)770-772
Number of pages3
JournalKyobu geka. The Japanese journal of thoracic surgery
Issue number9
StatePublished - Aug 2002
Externally publishedYes

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