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heart-lung machine effects?

Dear Doctors

I would like to know if there are any side effectts on the use of a heart-lung machine during a heart surgery. I read somewhere that there is an increased risk for cancer. Is this true? Are there any other side effects?

Thanks very much for your reply

Mariette
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There is no increased risk of cancer. The major risk appears to be neurological problems, especially subtle changes in cognitive function.
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