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Coagulation in cirrhosis

Pernille Just Vinholt, Anne B Alnor, Mads Nybo, Anne-Mette Hvas
: In thrombocytopenia, differences in haemostatic capacity may explain discrepancies in bleeding risk between patients with cancer and patients with liver cirrhosis. The objective was to compare the haemostatic capacity in different thrombocytopenic patient populations. We evaluated platelet aggregation using impedance aggregometry (Multiplate Analyzer), von Willebrand factor antigen (VWF:Ag), VWF:ristocetin-cofactor activity (VWF:RCo), activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT), coagulation factor VIII, fibrinogen, and thrombin generation in adult hospitalized patients with platelet count less than 80 × 10/l...
March 19, 2018: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
Gemlyn George, Wuttiporn Manatasahit, Manjula Balasubramanian, Victor Navarro
Background: Thromboelastography (TEG) has become the standard of care in liver-transplant surgery to identify real-time abnormalities in the coagulation cascade. To our knowledge, no studies have been performed to measure the intrasubject reproducibility of TEG parameters in cirrhotic patients. Objective: To perform a validation study to determine the reproducibility of TEG in cirrhosis. Methods: We recruited 30 patients with stable cirrhosis and tested 25 of them...
February 24, 2018: Laboratory Medicine
Saishree Pradhan, Sriram Krishnamurthy, Barath Jagadisan, Nachiappa G Rajesh, Subashini Kaliaperumal, Suryaprakash Ramasamy, Nandeeswari Subramanian
A 12-year-old girl born to third-degree consanguineous parents presented with recurrent episodes of haematuria for 8 months in association with peri-orbital and lower limb oedema for 20 days. There was no jaundice, hepatomegaly or neurological abnormality at presentation. An older brother had died following jaundice at 10 years of age. Urinalysis showed multiple dysmorphic erythrocytes without proteinuria and there was leucopenia, thrombocytopenia and hypo-albuminaemia (23 g/L). C3 component of complementaemia was low and anti-nuclear antibodies and anti-double-stranded DNA antibodies were strongly positive by immunofluorescence...
March 12, 2018: Paediatrics and International Child Health
Paul St Romain, Amanda Boyd, Jiayin Zheng, Shein-Chung Chow, Rebecca Burbridge, Daniel Wild
Introduction and study aims:  Gastric antral vascular ectasia (GAVE) is a mucosal abnormality associated with multiple conditions, most notably cirrhosis and systemic sclerosis, that causes indolent gastrointestinal bleeding. It is primarily managed with endoscopic therapy. Traditionally, GAVE is endoscopically ablated using argon plasma coagulation (APC) but radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is emerging as an alternative modality. No prior comparison of the 2 modalities has been published...
March 2018: Endoscopy International Open
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
Linda S Yang, Sumaya Alukaidey, Katherine Croucher, Damian Dowling
BACKGROUND: Cirrhosis was previously perceived as a haemorrhagic disease state due to frequent associations with coagulopathy and bleeding. However, the coagulopathy of cirrhosis is complex with defects in both pro-coagulant and anticoagulant factors. Derangements in common laboratory indices of coagulation do not accurately reflect bleeding risk or protection from thrombotic events. AIM: We aim to assess the rate of pharmacological prophylaxis for VTE among hospital inpatients with cirrhosis and analyse factors associated with prophylaxis being inappropriately withheld...
February 21, 2018: Internal Medicine Journal
Adelina Hung, Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao
BACKGROUND: Bleeding after low-risk invasive procedures can be life-threatening or can lead to further complications in decompensated cirrhosis patients. In unstratified cohorts of hospitalized patients with cirrhosis, the rate of procedure-related bleeding is low despite abnormal coagulation parameters. Our objective was to identify patients with decompensated cirrhosis at a high risk of developing procedure-related bleeding in whom the value of pre-procedure transfusions could be assessed...
February 2, 2018: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
Satoshi Mochida, Nobuaki Nakayama, Akio Ido, Kazuaki Inoue, Takuya Genda, Yasuhiro Takikawa, Isao Sakaida, Shuji Terai, Osamu Yokosuka, Masahito Shimizu, Hajime Takikawa
To establish diagnostic criteria for acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) in Japan, the Intractable Hepato-Biliary Disease Study Group of Japan performed a multicenter pilot survey for patients fulfilling the APASL, EASL-Clif Consortium, or Chinese Medical Association (CMA) diagnostic criteria for ACLF and found that the APASL criteria were suitable for screening Japanese patients with ACLF when patients whose conditions were triggered by gastrointestinal bleeding were included within the disease entity, while the EASL-Clif Consortium criteria were useful for classifying the severity of the patients' conditions...
January 23, 2018: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
Nikolaos Papadopoulos, Vasiliki Argiana, Melanie Deutsch
Hereditary bleeding disorders include a group of diseases with abnormalities of coagulation. Prior to 1990, infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV) was mainly transmitted via pooled plasma products as a treatment for hereditary bleeding disorders. Anti-HCV positivity in these patients may be as high as >70% in some areas, while some of them have also been coinfected with human immunodeficiency virus. Since about 20% of HCV-infected patients clear the infection naturally, chronic HCV infection represents a significant health problem in this group of patients...
January 2018: Annals of Gastroenterology: Quarterly Publication of the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology
Cyriac A Philips, Philip Augustine
Patients with cirrhosis develop decompensation events during the natural history of the disease that encompass ascites, variceal bleeding, hepatic encephalopathy and jaundice. Coagulation failure, defined using the international normalised ratio, even though not a decompensation event, is important in patients with stratifying cirrhosis into those who require liver transplantation for long-term survival. Isolated coagulation failure in cirrhosis is rare and usually occurs with use of anticoagulants in the setting of vascular diseases...
January 12, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Yusuke Tanaka, Isao Matsumoto, Daisuke Saito, Syuhei Yoshida, Seiichi Kakegawa, Masaya Tamura, Hirofumi Takemura
It is often difficult to control perioperative bleeding in patients with liver cirrhosis and concurrent thrombocytopenia and coagulation factor deficiency. Partial splenic embolization (PSE), an auxiliary treatment strategy in management of liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, can not only increase platelets but also improve liver function. With advances in interventional radiology, PSE is a safer and more reliable procedure compared to a splenectomy. We present the case of a 69-year-old man diagnosed with left lung cancer, with thrombocytopenia, and hepatitis C virus-related cirrhosis...
December 2017: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
Vaibhav Somani, Deepak Amarapurkar, Apurva Shah
Background and aims: Conventional coagulation tests (CCTs) in patients with cirrhosis only assess procoagulant factors and are poor predictors of bleeding risk. In spite of this knowledge, they are routinely used prior to invasive procedures, and attempts are made to correct these abnormalities before invasive procedures. These practices are not supported by the evidence and are harmful to the patients. Methods: This prospective study included 150 patients of cirrhosis undergoing invasive procedures...
December 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology
Weiwei Sang, Benji Lv, Ke Li, Yan Lu
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Mesenchymal stem cells transfusion has been considered as a promising option for liver cirrhosis (LC). The aim of this study was to systematically evaluate the efficacy and safety of umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (UMSC) combined with traditional supportive therapy (TST) for the treatment of patients with LC. METHODS: Data was extracted from clinical trials published on Web of Science, PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, Wanfang and CNKI database...
December 6, 2017: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
Xintong Zhang, Xingshun Qi, Eric M Yoshida, Nahum Méndez-Sánchez, Feifei Hou, Han Deng, Xiaoxi Wang, Jing Qiu, Chao He, Shuang Wang, Xiaozhong Guo
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Patients with cirrhosis are reportedly more prone to develop hemorrhagic stroke, thereby increasing the risk of death. However, the effect of ischemic stroke on liver diseases remains unclear. In addition, few studies have explored the risk factors for ischemic stroke in patients with liver cirrhosis. Our study aimed to explore the epidemiology, risk factors, and in-hospital outcomes of ischemic stroke in a large cohort of hospitalized patients with cirrhosis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this single-center observational study, we retrospectively reviewed the medical records of patients with liver cirrhosis admitted to our hospital from January 2011 to June 2014...
February 2018: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Hideki Hashimoto, Makoto Saito, Naoki Kanda, Takehito Yamamoto, Makiko Mieno, Shuji Hatakeyama
BACKGROUND: Several studies have reported that daptomycin induced artificial prolongation of prothrombin time (PT) in some test reagents, particularly in warfarin users. However, it remains unknown whether the artificial prolongation can be affected by coagulation abnormalities other than the use of warfarin. Thus, we investigated the effect of daptomycin on PT with two types of coagulation abnormalities. METHODS: Plasma samples were pooled by four groups: healthy volunteers (Plasma A), warfarin users with a PT-international normalized ratio (INR) of approximately 2...
November 28, 2017: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
ShaoBo Cui, Zhenmei Fu, YueMin Feng, XiaoYu Xie, XiaoWen Ma, TianTian Liu, Le Wang, Hao Wu, Qiang Zhu
BACKGROUND: The development of portal vein thrombosis (PVT) in cirrhotic patients has not been fully elucidated. The disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) score, which is based on readily available and relatively inexpensive coagulation parameters, including platelet count, fibrin-related markers, prothrombin time and fibrinogen, has not been reported regarding PVT development in cirrhotic patients to date. We aimed to evaluate the prognostic value of the DIC score in predicting PVT development in cirrhotic patients with hepatitis B...
January 2018: Thrombosis Research
Brandon Tanner, Steven Lu, Guston Zervoudakis, Alyssa Woodwyk, Gitonga Munene
BACKGROUND: Thromboelastography has called into question the coagulopathy seen following partial hepatectomy. However the coagulation profile in cirrhotic livers has not been studied. Our objective was to determine the coagulation profile following partial hepatectomy in normal and cirrhotic livers. METHODS: Patients undergoing liver resection were prospectively enrolled in the study. The prothrombin time and international normalized ratio, as well as the thromboelastogram, were obtained preoperatively, post-operatively, and on post-operative days 1, 3, and 5...
November 11, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
Jae Youn Cheong
Cirrhotic patients have bleeding tendencies due to the lack of coagulation factors and thrombocytopenia. However, decreased levels of procoagulants are also accompanied by decreased levels of natural anticoagulants. However, there have been contrasting reports. It has been reported that patients with cirrhosis are at risk for thrombotic complications, including portal vein thrombosis and venous thromboembolism. Physicians consider active anticoagulation for prophylaxis and treatment of portal vein thrombosis and/or venous thromboembolism in cirrhotic patients with high risk of thrombosis...
November 25, 2017: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
Masashi Fujita, Kazumichi Abe, Manabu Hayashi, Ken Okai, Atsushi Takahashi, Hiromasa Ohira
Lusutrombopag, a small molecule thrombopoietin receptor agonist, has been approved for the treatment of chronic liver disease-associated thrombocytopenia due to hypersplenism in patients scheduled to undergo elective invasive procedures in Japan. We performed partial splenic embolization (PSE) after administration of lusutrombopag in two patients with thrombocytopenia due to cirrhosis. Case 1 involved a 50-year-old man who developed cirrhosis due to hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and alcohol consumption...
November 15, 2017: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
Y Fan, X Li, X F Zhou, D Z Zhang, X F Shi
Objective: To investigate the value of neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) in predicting hepatitis B-related liver failure. Methods: A total of 349 subjects were enrolled, among whom 60 were healthy persons who underwent physical examination (group A), 111 had severe chronic hepatitis B (group B), 92 had decompensated hepatitis B cirrhosis (group C), and 86 had acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) (group D). Routine blood test results, liver function parameters, and coagulation parameters were collected, and NLR was calculated...
October 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
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