Hemorrhage After the Preoperative use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Case Report
Widely self-prescribed complementary and alternative medicines are often considered to be safe food supplements because of minimal federal product labeling requirements, although some herbal products may cause adverse effects or interact with prescription medications. This case report describes a patient who underwent breast surgery and had extensive postoperative bleeding. Preoperatively the patient consumed vitamin E and several herbs with potential to alter the hemostatic process combined with the drugs quinine sulfate and sertraline hydrochloride.
Keywords: Anesthesia, complementary and alternative medicine, drug interaction, herbs, surgical patient.