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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines
African Ethnomedicines Network
ISSN: 0189-6016
Vol. 8, No. 4, 2011, pp. 444-446
Bioline Code: tc11058
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, Vol. 8, No. 4, 2011, pp. 444-446

 en Haemostatic Effect of Ankaferd Blood Stopped® Seen During Adenoidectomy
Yasar, Husamettin & Ozkul, Haluk

Abstract

In Turkey, Ankaferd Blood Stopper® (ABS) has been approved for the management of external haemorrhages and bleedings o ccurring during den tal surgeries (Goker et al., 2008). Ankaferd comprises a standardized mixture of plants, including Thymus vulgaris check for this species in other resources , Glycyrrhiza glabra check for this species in other resources , Vitis vinifera check for this species in other resources , Alpinia officinarum check for this species in other resources , and Urtica diodica check for this species in other resources . This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of ABS tamponade in the control of intra-operative bleeding occurring during adenoidectomy performed in children under the age of 12. Sixty children were randomized to receive 1 to 5 minute- tamponade with either ABS or topical gauze sponges soaked in saline solution (SS) during their adenoidectomy. Time-to-haemostasis and the number of packs required were recorded. A visual analog scale was used by the operating surgeon to record subjective data, including the rate of bleeding following the first adenoid pack removal (0= none, 3=brisk). Compared to the children in the SS group (n=30), time-to-haemostasis seen in ABS patients (n=30) was significantly shorter (mean ± standard deviation, 1.93 ± 1.39 min vs 3 .20 ± 1.50 min; p<0.0001); they required a lower number of packs (mean, 1.93 vs. 3.20), and appeared to bleed less (53.3% vs 6.7%; p=0.0001). ABS aids in the control of intra-operative bleeding and reduces the number of packs required to achieve haemostasis, so that it can be recommended for tamponades performed during paediatric adenoidectomies.

Keywords
Ankaferd; adenoidectomy; children; bleeding; haemostasis

 
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