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Answer - yes, it can. Acute Hypervolemic Hemodilution (AHH) is quite simple for the anesthesiologist to do, in that one simply dilutes the intravascular compartment with some form of asanguinous fluid such as normal saline, lactated Ringer's or hetastarch. As long as you don't have some form of CHF or other cardiac problem, you should be able to tolerate the extra volume. Only problem, and not knowing where you live, AHH seems particularly popular in the UK. Most American anesthesiologists and surgeons are not familar with it, or do not believe that it is efficacious. Hope this helps.
Originally Posted by hanznelson19
Paul G. Loubser, MD
National Cardiac Anesthesia Consultants, PA