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Paul J Karanicolas, Yulia Lin, Jordan Tarshis, Calvin H L Law, Natalie G Coburn, Julie Hallet, Barto Nascimento, Janusz Pawliszyn, Stuart A McCluskey
BACKGROUND: Hyperfibrinolysis may occur due to systemic inflammation or hepatic injury that occurs during liver resection. Tranexamic acid (TXA) is an antifibrinolytic agent that decreases bleeding in various settings, but has not been well studied in patients undergoing liver resection. METHODS: In this prospective, phase II trial, 18 patients undergoing major liver resection were sequentially assigned to one of three cohorts: (i) Control (no TXA); (ii) TXA Dose I - 1 g bolus followed by 1 g infusion over 8 h; (iii) TXA Dose II - 1 g bolus followed by 10 mg/kg/hr until the end of surgery...
October 17, 2016: HPB: the Official Journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association
J E Dietrich, D L Yee, X M Santos, J L Bercaw-Pratt, J Kurkowski, H Soni, Y J Lee-Kim, M D Shah, D Mahoney, L V Srivaths
BACKGROUND: Bleeding disorders (BD) occur in up to 50% of adolescents with heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB). This presents unique challenges to healthcare providers given the complexity of treating the condition and such complexity can result in difficulty with patients understanding basic information about their condition, limit communication with medical providers, and patient compliance. SPECIFIC AIMS: To use an electronic approach to enhance patient compliance with medications used to treat their HMB...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Dmitri Bezinover, Shigekazu Sugino, Yuka Imamura-Kawasawa, Matthew S Bell, Zakiyah Kadry, Piotr K Janicki
We describe a case of fulminant intraoperative thrombosis during deceased donor liver transplantation. Despite significant medical bleeding, the patient suddenly developed diffuse thrombosis in all chambers of the heart and pulmonary vasculature resulting in intraoperative death. The patient's postmortem genetic analysis demonstrated a deleterious missense mutation in a coagulation pathway gene, SERPINC1, which codes for antithrombin III. The level of antithrombin III was not available to directly prove the causality of thrombosis, but our findings suggest that this mutation, in combination with antifibrinolytic administration in a hypercoagulable cirrhotic patient, might have contributed to the development of this catastrophic thrombotic event...
October 5, 2016: A & A Case Reports
V Gurewich
The interesting article on the antifibrinolytic effect of Factor XIII by Rijken et al [1] was predicated on the assumption that fibrinolysis is mediated only by tPA, since that is what was studied. However, there is evidence that this common assumption should be put into question. In a study published almost thirty years ago, we showed that whereas spontaneous lysis of platelet poor plasma clots was mediated by tPA, that of platelet-rich plasma clots, with which this article was concerned, could not be abolished by tPA antibody, but instead was abolished by the addition of uPA antibody...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
D C Rijken, S Abdul, J J M C Malfliet, F W G Leebeek, S Uitte de Willige
We thank Dr. Gurewich [1] for his critical evaluation of the impact of our recently published article on factor XIII [2]. This article describes that mechanical compaction or platelet-mediated retraction of plasma clots is essential to fully reveal the antifibrinolytic effect of factor XIII on tPA-induced plasma clot lysis. Dr. Gurewich argues that we cannot assume that these results are applicable to endogenous fibrinolysis in vivo, because endogenous fibrinolysis does depend not only on tPA, but also on uPA...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
Ari Garber, Sunguk Jang
Non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding, the most common etiology of which is peptic ulcer disease, remains a persistent challenge despite a reduction in both its incidence and mortality. Both pharmacologic and endoscopic techniques have been developed to achieve hemostasis, with varying degrees of success. Among the pharmacologic therapies, proton pump inhibitors remain the mainstay of treatment, as they reduce the risk of rebleeding and requirement for recurrent endoscopic evaluation. Tranexamic acid, a derivative of the amino acid lysine, is an antifibrinolytic agent whose role requires further investigation before application...
September 2016: Clinical Endoscopy
Yongcai Chen, Zhuo Chen, Shuo Cui, Zhiyang Li, Zhengjiang Yuan
BACKGROUND: Tranexamic acid (TXA) is an antifibrinolytic drug widely used to reduce blood loss during joint replacements, including total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and total hip arthroplasty (THA). However, there is no final consensus regarding the composition of an optimal administration of TXA regime between topical and systemic (intravenous). The purpose of our study was to compare the efficacy of topical and intravenous (IV) regimen of TXA during TKA and THA. METHODS: Five relevant electronic online databases, PubMed, EMBASE, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Web of Science and Chinese Biomedical Database were systematically searched in November 2015...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Nils Kunze-Szikszay, Lennart A Krack, Pauline Wildenauer, Saskia Wand, Tim Heyne, Karoline Walliser, Christopher Spering, Martin Bauer, Michael Quintel, Markus Roessler
BACKGROUND: Hyperfibrinolysis (HF) is a major contributor to coagulopathy and mortality in trauma patients. This study investigated (i) the rate of HF during the pre-hospital management of patients with multiple injuries and (ii) the effects of pre-hospital tranexamic acid (TxA) administration on the coagulation system. METHODS: From 27 trauma patients with pre-hospital an estimated injury severity score (ISS) ≥16 points blood was obtained at the scene and on admission to the emergency department (ED)...
October 10, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Andra H James, Chad Grotegut, Homa Ahmadzia, Cathleen Peterson-Layne, Evelyn Lockhart
The purpose of this article is to review the use of blood products and hemostatic agents in the management of coagulopathy at the time of postpartum hemorrhage. Blood product administration strategies are broadly reviewed, including the role of the blood bank, the role of massive transfusion protocols, the role of laboratory monitoring, and the role of anesthesia management. Aspects of patient blood management are discussed. The concept refers to an evidence-based, comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to optimizing the care of patients who might need transfusion and includes measures to avoid or minimize transfusion such as preoperative anemia management, cell salvage, and the use of hemostatic medication to reduce bleeding...
October 3, 2016: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
Joanna Davies, Rezan Kadir
Management of factor XI (FXI) deficiency in pregnancy is complicated by lack of correlation between FXI level and bleeding risk. Clinicians should be vigilant about the potential for prolonged or excessive bleeding following miscarriage or termination of pregnancy, or postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). A multidisciplinary approach along with an individual care plan is recommended to prevent bleeding complications. Assessment of bleeding history, FXI level, and global tests of hemostasis can aid management decisions regarding hemostatic prophylaxis...
October 3, 2016: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
Jessica L Churchill, Kathleen E Puca, Elizabeth Meyer, Matthew Carleton, Michael J Anderson
Multiple studies have shown tranexamic acid (TXA) to reduce blood loss and transfusion rates in patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Accordingly, TXA has become a routine blood conservation agent for TKA. In contrast, ε-aminocaproic acid (EACA), a similar acting antifibrinolytic to TXA, has been less frequently used. This study evaluated whether EACA is as efficacious as TXA in reducing postoperative blood transfusion rates and compared the cost per surgery between agents. A multicenter retrospective chart review of elective unilateral TKA from April 2012 through December 2014 was performed...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Knee Surgery
Nuri Kodaman, Melinda C Aldrich, Rafal Sobota, Folkert W Asselbergs, Nancy J Brown, Jason H Moore, Scott M Williams
BACKGROUND: Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is diagnosed by the presence of at least 3 of the following: obesity, hypertension, hyperglycemia, hypertriglyceridemia, and low high-density lipoprotein. Individuals with MetS also typically have elevated plasma levels of the antifibrinolytic factor, plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1), but the relationships between PAI-1 and MetS diagnostic criteria are not clear. Understanding these relationships can elucidate the relevance of MetS to cardiovascular disease risk, because PAI-1 is associated with ischemic events and directly involved in thrombosis...
October 3, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Dominik F Draxler, Maithili Sashindranath, Robert L Medcalf
Plasmin is the effector protease of the fibrinolytic system, well known for its involvement in fibrin degradation and clot removal. However, plasmin is also recognized as a potent modulator of immunological processes by directly interacting with various cell types including leukocytes (monocytes, macrophages, and dendritic cells) and cells of the vasculature (endothelial cells, smooth muscle cells) as well as soluble factors of the immune system and components of the extracellular matrix. In fact, the removal of misfolded proteins and maintenance of tissue homeostasis seem to be major physiological functions of plasmin...
September 27, 2016: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
Guang Li, Tian-Wei Sun, Gan Luo, Chao Zhang
PURPOSE: Spine surgery is usually associated with large amount of blood loss and blood transfusion. Excessive blood loss may cause hypotension, inadequate oxygenation of organs, necessitate allogeneic blood transfusion, and spinal epidural hematoma formation. Aprotinin, TXA, and EACA are antifibrinolytics currently offered as prophylactic agents to reduce surgery-associated blood loss. The purpose of this study was to assess the efficacy of using antifibrinolytic agents in reducing blood loss and blood transfusions in spine surgery...
September 26, 2016: European Spine Journal
Denisa Urban, Ruben Dehaeck, Diane Lorenzetti, Jonathan Guilfoyle, Man-Chiu Poon, MacGregor Steele, David Lardner, Irene Wai Yan Ma, Mary Elizabeth Brindle
INTRODUCTION: Trauma is the leading cause of death among children aged 1-18. Studies indicate that better control of bleeding could potentially prevent 10-20% of trauma-related deaths. The antifibrinolytic agent tranexamic acid (TxA) has shown promise in haemorrhage control in adult trauma patients. However, information on the potential benefits of TxA in children remains sparse. This review proposes to evaluate the current uses, benefits and adverse effects of TxA in the bleeding paediatric trauma population...
2016: BMJ Open
Priyankur Roy, M S Sujatha, Ambarisha Bhandiwad, Bivas Biswas
INTRODUCTION: Anti-fibrinolytic agents are used to reduce obstetric blood loss as the fibrinolytic system is known to get activated after placental delivery. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy of parenteral tranexamic acid in reducing blood loss during normal labour and to compare it with the amount of blood loss in patients who received placebo in the third stage of labour. METHODOLOGY: Patients with spontaneous labour or planned for induction of labour and fulfilling the inclusion criteria were recruited for the study...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
Seong Woo Hong, Yeo Goo Chang, Byungmo Lee, Woo Yong Lee
Spontaneous bleeding from a short gastric artery in the absence of pre-disposing trauma is reported very rarely. To the best of our knowledge, the published literature includes only 14 cases. Young men comprise almost all of the patients, and were induced by vomiting or gagging. The patients usually required emergent surgery. Our patient, a 32-year-old man, was diagnosed with spontaneous hemoperitoneum due to short gastric artery tearing after a few instances of vomiting. We managed him conservatively including fluid, vitamin K and antifibrinolytic agent without surgery...
September 25, 2016: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
Ewan D McNicol, Aikaterini Tzortzopoulou, Roman Schumann, Daniel B Carr, Aman Kalra
BACKGROUND: This is an updated version of the original Cochrane review first published in 2008. Scoliosis surgery is often associated with substantial blood loss and potentially detrimental effects in children. Antifibrinolytic agents are often used to reduce perioperative blood loss. Clinical trials have evaluated their efficacy in children undergoing surgical correction of scoliosis, but no systematic review has been published. This review was first published in 2008 and was updated in 2016...
September 19, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
M Maegele
Based upon the results of CRASH-2, early administration of antifibrinolytic tranexamic acid (TXA) is recommended in bleeding trauma patients or trauma patients presumed to bleed. Many trauma centers and emergency medical services have adopted this practice into their routine algorithms. The pitfalls of CRASH-2 have been discussed in the literature, but the positive effects could sometimes not be reproduced in follow-up studies. The mechanism of action of TXA in trauma is still not clear and major knowledge gaps with TXA in the context of trauma have been identified...
September 14, 2016: Der Unfallchirurg
Wolfgang Miesbach, Erik Berntorp
Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is the most common genetic bleeding disorder. VWD is caused by a deficiency or dysfunction of von Willebrand factor (VWF), a plasma protein that mediates the initial adhesion of platelets at sites of vascular injury and binds and stabilises coagulation factor VIII (FVIII) in the blood. Prophylaxis of surgical bleeding in patients with VWD requires consideration of the individual situation, including the type of procedure and the bleeding rate, before decisions about treatment type, dose, duration and adjunctive therapy with antifibrinolytics or antithrombotic prophylaxis can be made...
September 13, 2016: European Journal of Haematology
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