Figure 1: Plasma levels of PTX3 (a) and soluble IL1 receptor II (b) in pediatric patients undergoing CPB, either treated or untreated with dexamethasone. Values are expressed as medians and 1st and 3rd quartile. Time of blood sampling: T1, preoperative, before steroid administration; T2, 10 min after CPB; T3, after aortic declamping; T4, at the end of CPB; T5, 1st postoperative day; T6, 2nd postoperative day.*** .