Pentaspan Information Page

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Pentaspan contains a hydroxyethylstarch (HES) called pentastarch that is substituted with fewer hydroxyethyl groups as compared to hetastarch, another popular HES colloid product. Its lower molecular weight and lesser degree of substitution results in its removal from the blood more rapidly than hetastarch. (Image credit: Biotime Inc.)

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