Previously we reported a case of abrupt change of postoperative mannan-binding-lectin (MBL) in a patient with preexisting MBL deficiency who expired shortly after cardiac surgery. Herein we report additional cases of 3 more patients with preexisting MBL deficiency who underwent cardiac surgery. Analysis of their blood samples from the perioperative period showed their MBL levels were abruptly increased at 24 hours after surgery. However, 2 patients had a subsequent drop of MBL at 48 hours, and both expired. These data indicated that the postoperative decrease of MBL may have been related with an unfavorable outcome after cardiac surgery.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine