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interpretation of coagulation test

Jessica P E Davis, Patrick G Northup, Stephen H Caldwell, Nicolas M Intagliata
Long thought to be hypocoagulable, new evidence suggests cirrhosis patients have "rebalanced" coagulation in the setting of decreased synthesis of both pro- and anti-coagulant factors. Traditional testing like PT/INR reflects only the decreased synthesis of pro-coagulant factors and thus does not correspond to bleeding or clotting risk in this population. In this review, we discuss the use of viscoelastic testing (VET), an assay of global hemostasis in cirrhosis patients. We describe the technique and interpretation of commercially available VET and assess the application of VET in both transplant and non-transplant cirrhosis populations...
March 1, 2018: Annals of Hepatology
O V Dymova, A A Eremenko, V V Nikoda, O N Vasilieva, A V Bondarenko, N S Bogomolova, Yu E Mikhailov
Purpose of the study was to define the diagnostic value of clinical and laboratory criteria of sepsis during the postop- erative period Methods. The results of 269 blood tests (biochemical, coagulation, hematology and microbiology) which were per- formed in 115 patients in the early postoperative period (starting from the first postoperative day) and in the late post- operative periods were analyzed. RESULTS: Presepsin and procalcitonin have a similar diagnostic sensitivity in detection of sepsis - 89% (Psp>328...
September 2017: Anesteziologiia i Reanimatologiia
Marika Pikta, Galina Zemtsovskaja, Hector Bautista, Georges Nouadje, Timea Szanto, Margus Viigimaa, Valdas Banys
BACKGROUND: The von Willebrand factor (VWF) multimer test is required to correctly subtype qualitative type 2 von Willebrand disease (VWD). The current VWF multimer assays are difficult, nonstandardized, and time-consuming. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical utility of the commercial VWF multimer kit by Sebia (Lisses, France), an electrophoresis technique yielding same-day results. METHODS: Ten healthy volunteer plasma samples, in-house reference plasma (IRP) and commercial normal plasma (CNP) samples, 10 plasma samples from patients with a known VWD type, 1 hemophilia A plasma sample, and 7 external quality assurance (EQA) samples were analyzed using the commercial VWF multimer kit...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
Emmanuel Touzé, Yves Gruel, Isabelle Gouin-Thibault, Emmanuel De Maistre, Sophie Susen, Pierre Sie, Laurent Derex
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Whereas intravenous thrombolysis (IVT) is allowed in acute ischaemic stroke (IS) in patients on vitamin K antagonists if INR≤1.7, there is no similar recommendations for patients on direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs), notably due to the lack of coagulation tests to assess the therapeutic effects. Although the literature is scarce, consisting in small case series and retrospective studies, considering the frequency of this situation, the French Vascular Neurology Society and the French study Group on Haemostasis and Thrombosis have worked on a joined position paper to provide a practical position regarding emergency management of IS in patients on DOACs...
January 23, 2018: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
J Douxfils, W Ageno, C-M Samama, S Lessire, H Ten Cate, P Verhamme, J-M Dogné, F Mullier
Click to hear Dr Baglin's perspective on the role of the laboratory in treatment with new oral anticoagulants SUMMARY: One of the key benefits of the direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) is that they do not require routine laboratory monitoring. Nevertheless, assessment of DOAC exposure and anticoagulant effects may become useful in various clinical scenarios. The five approved DOACs (apixaban, betrixaban, dabigatran etexilate, edoxaban and rivaroxaban) have different characteristics impacting assay selection and the interpretation of results...
February 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
Adesola Odunayo, Karen M Tobias, Chika C Okafor, Bente Flatland
OBJECTIVE To investigate the use of canine whole blood (WB) for measurement of ammonia concentration by use of a point-of-care ammonia meter and to compare results of measuring ammonia concentrations in WB, EDTA-anticoagulated WB, and plasma. ANIMALS 40 client-owned dogs. PROCEDURES A blood sample (2 mL) was obtained from each dog. One drop of WB was immediately applied to a test strip for evaluation with an ammonia meter. The remainder of the blood sample was placed in an EDTA-containing tube, and 1 drop of EDTA-anticoagulated WB was applied to a test strip...
November 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
Morgane Petit, Louis Mine, Tiffany Pascreau, Chantal Brouzes, Sandrine Majoux, Delphine Borgel, Jean-Louis Beaudeux, Dominique Lasne, Carole Hennequin
Pneumatic tube delivery system (PTS) enables to reduce considerably turnaround times. The aim of the study was to assess the influence of the PTS on the quality of routine biochemical and hematological tests in our laboratory. Blood samples from 6 hospitalized patients and 8 healthy volunteers were analyzed. Blood samples were delivered to the laboratory by a PTS and by a human courier. We performed the following analysis: ionized calcium, sodium, potassium, lactate deshydrogenase (LDH), aspartate aminotransferase (ASAT), arterial blood gas, complete blood count and coagulation test as prothrombin time, activated partial thromboplastin time, factors V and VIII...
December 1, 2017: Annales de Biologie Clinique
Owain Thomas, Emanuel Lybeck, Per Flisberg, Ulf Schött
BACKGROUND: Epidural anaesthesia and analgesia are indicated for oesophageal surgery. A rare but serious complication is spinal haematoma, which can occur on insertion, manipulation or withdrawal of catheters. Evidence and guidelines are vague regarding which tests are appropriate and how to interpret their results. We aimed to describe how routine coagulation test results change during oesophagectomy's perioperative course. METHODS: Following ethical approval, we retrospectively identified patients who had undergone oesophagectomy between 2002 and 2012...
2017: Perioperative Medicine
Fuat H Saner, Lasitha Abeysundara, Matthias Hartmann, Susan V Mallett
For over 50 years patients with liver cirrhosis were considered to be at markedly increased risk of bleeding. This dogma was seemingly supported by abnormalities in standard laboratory tests (SLTs), such as the prothrombin time, that were interpreted as indicating a bleeding diathesis. However, publications from the last decade have revealed SLTs to be poor predictors of bleeding and it is now understood that stable patients with cirrhosis have a rebalanced haemostatic system and preserved thrombin generation...
October 12, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
Nicolas J Prat, Andrew D Meyer, Nichole K Ingalls, Julie Trichereau, Joseph J DuBose, Andrew P Cap
BACKGROUND: Up to 40% of combat casualties with a truncal injury die of massive hemorrhage before reaching a surgeon. This hemorrhage can be prevented with damage control resuscitation (DCR) methods, which are focused on replacing shed whole blood by empirically transfusing blood components in a 1:1:1:1 ratio of platelets:fresh frozen plasma:erythrocytes:cryoprecipitate (PLT:FFP:RBC:CRYO). Measurement of hemostatic function with rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM) may allow optimization of the type and quantity of blood products transfused...
September 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Elizabeth Duncan, Susan Rodgers
Coagulation factor assays using one-stage methodology are widely used to measure factor levels for the purpose of detecting a deficiency, or to monitor replacement therapy. In this chapter, we focus on a method to measure Factor VIII coagulant activity (FVIII:C) by the one-stage assay (FVIII:C-1), with extra information provided to also allow this method to apply to Factor IX (FIX), Factor XI (FXI), and Factor XII (FXII). From the perspective of laboratory testing, these factors are components of the "intrinsic" coagulation pathway and are all measured in test systems based on the correction of the Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time (APTT)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Geoffrey Kershaw
Mixing tests in coagulation studies allow the laboratory to correctly differentiate factor deficiency from inhibitors as the cause of a prolonged clotting time. This is important in terms of subsequent laboratory follow-up and clinical patient management. In this chapter, a suggested method of performing mixing tests is given, with procedures applying two different formulas for interpretation, the percent correction and the index of circulating anticoagulant.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Katherine T Forkin, Douglas A Colquhoun, Edward C Nemergut, Julie L Huffmyer
The coagulopathy of end-stage liver disease results from a complex derangement in both anticoagulant and procoagulant processes. With even minor insults, cirrhotic patients experience either inappropriate bleeding or clotting, or even both simultaneously. The various phases of liver transplantation along with fluid and blood product administration may contribute to additional disturbances in coagulation. Thus, anesthetic management of patients undergoing liver transplantation to improve hemostasis and avoid inappropriate thrombosis in the perioperative environment can be challenging...
January 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Joseph P Gaut, Sanjay Jain, John D Pfeifer, Katinka A Vigh-Conrad, Meagan Corliss, Mukesh K Sharma, Jonathan W Heusel, Catherine E Cottrell
Next-generation sequencing is increasingly used for clinical evaluation of patients presenting with thrombotic microangiopathies because it allows for simultaneous interrogation of multiple complement and coagulation pathway genes known to be associated with disease. However, the diagnostic yield is undefined in routine clinical practice. Historic studies relied on case-control cohorts, did not apply current guidelines for variant pathogenicity assessment, and used targeted gene enrichment combined with next-generation sequencing...
December 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
Andra H James, David L Cooper, Michael J Paidas
PURPOSE: Coagulopathy may be a serious complicating or contributing factor to postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), and should be promptly recognized to ensure proper bleeding management. This study aims to evaluate the approaches of obstetrician-gynecologists worldwide towards assessing massive PPH caused by underlying bleeding disorders. METHODS: A quantitative survey was completed by 302 obstetrician-gynecologists from 6 countries (the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Japan)...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
Abimbola Adike, Mohanad Al-Qaisi, Noemi J Baffy, Heidi Kosiorek, Rahul Pannala, Bashar Aqel, Douglas O Faigel, M Edwyn Harrison
BACKGROUND: Cirrhosis is often accompanied by an elevated international normalized ratio (INR) due to a decrease in pro-coagulant factors. An elevated INR in cirrhosis is often interpreted as an increased risk of bleeding. There are a paucity of data in the literature on the use of INR to predict risk of gastrointestinal bleeding (GIB) following endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) in patients with cirrhosis. The aims of the study were to determine if there is a correlation between INR and GIB following ERCP in patients with cirrhosis, and to determine if there is a difference in frequency of post-ERCP complications in patients with and without cirrhosis...
June 2017: Gastroenterology Research
Nicolas J Prat, Andrew D Meyer, Nichole K Ingalls, Julie Trichereau, Joseph J DuBose, Andrew P Cap
BACKGROUND: Up to 40% of combat casualties with a truncal injury die of massive hemorrhage before reaching a surgeon. This hemorrhage can be prevented with damage control resuscitation (DCR) methods, which are focused on replacing shed whole blood (WB) by empirically transfusing blood components in a 1:1:1:1 ratio of platelets:plasma:erythrocytes:cryoprecipitate (PLT:FFP:RBC:CRYO). Measurement of hemostatic function with thromboelastometry (ROTEM) may allow optimization of the type and quantity of blood products transfused...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Jansen N Seheult, Michael P Meyer, Franklin A Bontempo, Irina Chibisov
Objectives: To investigate the effects of indirect- and direct-acting anticoagulants on the interpretation of lupus anticoagulant (LAC) assays. Methods: A retrospective database review was performed to identify all LAC panels from November 2012 to November 2015. The positivity rates for three LAC tests were compared among various anticoagulant medications. Results: This analysis included 7,721 LAC panels. Direct oral anticoagulants, warfarin, and unfractionated heparin (UFH) were associated with higher LAC positivity rates compared with patients not receiving documented anticoagulation (83% for argatroban, 58% for dabigatran, 72% for rivaroxaban, 53% for apixaban, 56% for warfarin, and 36% for UFH vs 29% for no anticoagulation, P < ...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
Craig Kessler, Ellinor I Peerschke, Meera B Chitlur, Roshni Kulkarni, Natalia Holot, David L Cooper
BACKGROUND: Patients with coagulation disorders may present to a variety of physician specialties; however, accurate and efficient diagnosis can be challenging for physicians not specialized in hematology, due to identified gaps in knowledge around appropriate laboratory assays and interpretation of test results. Coags Uncomplicated was developed to fill this unmet educational need by increasing practical knowledge of coagulation disorders among nonexpert physicians and other health care professionals (HCPs) in a point-of-care (POC) setting...
April 18, 2017: JMIR Medical Education
Marion Wiegele, Sibylle Kozek-Langenecker, Eva Schaden
Severe burn injury has an impact on the coagulation system, but a unique definition regarding these changes is still missing. The results of conventional coagulation assays (CCAs) measured in daily clinical practice are often interpreted as coagulopathic, which implies a bleeding tendency. However, viscoelastic coagulation assays (VCA) like Rotational Thromboelastometry (ROTEM) and Thromboelastography (TEG) depict a hypercoagulable state. Therefore, hemostatic interventions should not be indicated according to deranged CCA results, but only in case of clinically relevant bleeding plus indicative VCA results...
June 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
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