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Coagulopathy After Cardiac Surgery

Hospital Universitario de Canarias, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Canary Islands, Spain
Anesthesia and analgesia (Impact Factor: 3.47). 12/2007; 105(5):1514; author reply 1514-5. DOI: 10.1213/01.ane.0000282775.38626.13
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