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/pen·ta·starch/ (pen´tah-stahrch″) an artificial colloid derived from a waxy starch and used as an adjunct in leukapheresis to increase the erythrocyte sedimentation rate.


(pĕn′ tŭ-stahrch)
A plasma volume expander derived from amylopectin. It is a colloidal solution similar to hetastarch, but with a lower average molecular weight. It is used to support blood pressure in critical situations, such as the treatment of sepsis, shock, or trauma.

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Tenders are invited for Plasma Expander Pentastarch 6 Percent In 500 Ml
These patients were preloaded with either Ringer's Lactate (Group 1) 20ml/kg, 6% Hydroxyethyl starch-450 (Group 2) 10ml/kg and 6% Pentastarch 200 as preloading solution (Group 3) respectively over a period of 30 minutes prior to spinal anaesthesia through an 18-guage intravenous cannula.
There is a need to compare the efficiency of non-protein colloids such as pentastarch versus albumin for the treatment of IDH.
Van den Berghe G; Intensive Insulin therapy and pentastarch resuscitation in severe sepsis.
Dexamethasone and pentastarch produce additive attenuation of ischaemia/reperfusion lung injury.
Intensive inulin therapy and pentastarch resuscitation in severe sepsis.
Patients in group I were preloaded with 1L of ringer's lactate solution where as those in Group II were preloaded with 500ml of Pentastarch six percent solution over a period of 15-20 min before spinal anesthesia.
The blood pressure dropped once, and a bolus of pentastarch (5 mL/kg; Pentaspan, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Montreal, Canada) and lactated Ringer's solution (10 mL/kg) was given intravenously.
Oncotic pressure is generated by large molecules such as protein (for example, albumin, glucose) in the vascular space (McCance & Huether, 2002; Porth, 2002) and synthetic colloids (such as pentastarch 10% [Pentaspan[R] or succinylated gelatine solution 4% [Gelofusine[R]) (Rang, Dale, & Ritter, 1999).