Microplastics Detected in Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery

According to the abstract of a July 13, 2023, ACS Environmental Science and Technology article https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.2c07179 by researchers with Capital Medical University, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and others in China: “… Microplastic specimens were collected from 15 cardiac surgery patients ... Microplastics were not universally present in all tissue samples, but nine types were found across five types of tissue ... Nine types of microplastics were also detected in pre- and postoperative blood samples … the presence of poly(methyl methacrylate) in the left atrial appendage, epicardial adipose tissue, and pericardial adipose tissue cannot be attributed to accidental exposure during surgery, providing direct evidence of microplastics in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Further research is needed to examine the impact of surgery on microplastic introduction and the potential effects of microplastics in internal organs on human health …” #MicroPlastics #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #CardiacSurgery