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Critical bleeding

Karthik Vishwanath, Rajan Gurjar, David Wolf, Suzannah Riccardi, Michael Duggan, David King
Reliable, continuous and noninvasive blood flow and hemoglobin monitoring in trauma patients remains a critical, but generally unachieved goal. Two optical sensing methods - diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS) and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) - are used to monitor and detect internal hemorrhage. Specifically, we investigate if cutaneous perfusion measurements acquired using DCS and DRS in peripheral (thighs and ear-lobe) tissues could detect severe hemorrhagic shock in a porcine model. Four animals underwent high-grade hepato-portal injury in a closed abdomen, to induce uncontrolled hemorrhage and were subsequently allowed to bleed for 10 minutes before fluid resuscitation...
February 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Ombretta Annibali, Mariasanta Napolitano, Giuseppe Avvisati, Sergio Siragusa
Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) frequently complicates the course of hematologic malignancies (HM) and its incidence is similar to that observed in high-risk solid tumors. Despite that, pharmacologic prophylaxis and treatment of VTE in patients with HM is challenging, mainly because a severe thrombocytopenia frequently complicates the course of treatments or may be present since diagnosis, thus increasing the risk of bleeding. Therefore, in this setting, safe and effective methods of VTE prophylaxis and treatment have not been well defined and hematologists generally refer to guidelines produced for cancer patients that give indications on anticoagulation in patients with thrombocytopenia...
April 2018: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
Thomas C Sauter, Balthasar Eberle, Walter A Wuillemin, Thomas Thiele, Anne Angelillo-Scherrer, Aristomenis K Exadaktylos, Gabor Erdös, Adam Cuker, Michael Nagler
Antithrombotic treatment puts patients at risk of major bleeding. Fast and adequate response to anticoagulant-associated bleeding may not only stop the bleeding but prevent severe complications. However, practical treatment algorithms to guide physicians in emergency situations are lacking. Important principles that arise from management of bleeding in general are (a) implementation of an in-house algorithm, (b) rapid identification and treatment of the bleeding source, (c) adequate fluid resuscitation, (d) consideration of the application of tranexamic acid and (e) appropriate coagulation testing...
March 14, 2018: Swiss Medical Weekly
Matthew J Price
Randomized clinical trials have demonstrated that left atrial appendage (LAA) closure with the WATCHMAN device provides stroke prevention in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation while significantly reducing morality and major bleeding. Technical and procedural considerations are paramount for the therapeutic success. Maximizing procedural safety is critical. Optimal LAA sealing is required. Improvements in procedural technique and operator training have resulted in a marked reduction in adverse procedural events, which should increase the absolute long-term clinical benefit...
April 2018: Interventional Cardiology Clinics
D A Davey
Major advances in menopause hormone therapy (MHT) hold promise in the future of better and safer care for women at and after the menopause. The principal advances are: (1) the critical window or 'window of opportunity' in the 10 years or so after the menopause, during which the benefits of MHT in healthy women exceed any risks; (2) use of transdermal instead of oral administration of estrogen to reduce the risk of venous thromboembolism; (c) investigation of the use of oral micronized progesterone (MP) and vaginal MP to prevent endometrial hyperplasia and carcinoma without any increased risk of breast cancer and venous thromboembolism in postmenopausal women receiving estrogens; vaginal MP prevents endometrial proliferation in the short term but the long-term effects in MHT remain to be established; (4) investigation into the use of intrauterine levonorgestrel-releasing devices (LNG-IUDs), which are an attractive form of MHT in perimenopausal women, providing contraception and reducing uterine bleeding, although the risk of breast cancer with LNG-IUDs requires clarification...
March 11, 2018: Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society
Melissa M Cushing, James Kelley, Ellen Klapper, David F Friedman, Ruchika Goel, Nancy M Heddle, Courtney K Hopkins, Julie Katz Karp, Monica B Pagano, Ajay Perumbeti, Glenn Ramsey, John D Roback, Joseph Schwartz, Beth H Shaz, Philip C Spinella, Claudia S Cohn, Claudia S Cohn, Melissa M Cushing, James Kelley, Ellen Klapper
BACKGROUND: The AABB compiles an annual synopsis of the published literature covering important developments in the field of Transfusion Medicine. For the first time, an abridged version of this work is being made available in TRANSFUSION, with the full-length report available as an Appendix S1 (available as supporting information in the online version of this paper). STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Papers published in 2016 and early 2017 are included, as well as earlier papers cited for background...
March 9, 2018: Transfusion
Stuart K Amateau, Martin L Freeman
The lumen-apposing metal stent has evolved endoscopic transluminal therapies, although it has potential complications, including maldeployment, bleeding, perforation, migration, and several risks specific to necrotizing pancreatitis. Careful planning and technique mitigate these inherent risks of lumen-apposing metal sent deployment; however, setbacks occur even in the most experienced of hands. Therefore, early recognition and management of these complications are critical to alleviating morbidity and avoiding mortality...
April 2018: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Clinics of North America
Edward M Conway
: Complement and coagulation are evolutionarily related proteolytic cascades in the blood that are critical for effecting an appropriate innate response to injury that limits bleeding and infection, while promoting healing. Although often viewed as distinct, it has long been recognized that cross-talk likely exists between these pathways. Only recently have molecular links been established. These are providing insights that are revealing opportunities for the development of novel therapeutic strategies to better treat a wide range of thrombotic, inflammatory, immune, infectious, and malignant diseases...
March 6, 2018: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
Roberto Bini, Osvaldo Chiara, Stefania Cimbanassi, Giorgio Olivero, Antonella Trombetta, Paolo Cotogni
Background: Hemorrhagic shock (HS) is a major threat to patients with trauma and spontaneous bleeding. The aim of the study was to investigate early effects of vasopressin on metabolic and hemodynamic parameters and endothelium permeability by measuring capillary leakage compared to those of other resuscitation strategies in a HS model. Methods: Forty-five Sprague-Dawley rats were randomized into five groups: S group ( n  = 5), sham-operated rats without shock or resuscitation; HS group ( n  = 10), HS and no resuscitation; RL group ( n  = 10), HS and resuscitation with Ringer's lactate (RL); RLB group ( n  = 10), HS and resuscitation with two-third shed blood plus RL; and vasopressin group ( n  = 10), HS and resuscitation with RL, followed by continuous infusion of 0...
2018: World Journal of Emergency Surgery: WJES
David F Pinal-García, Carlos M Nuño-Guzmán, Audrey Gómez-Abarca, Jorge L Corona, Ismael Espejo
Spontaneous rupture of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a potentially life-threatening complication. Diagnosis may be difficult, particularly in the absence of known liver cirrhosis or tumor. A 20-year-old male patient presented with progressive abdominal pain and shock. His past medical history was uneventful. Anemia, acute renal failure, and abnormal liver function test were demonstrated. Mild hepatomegaly, perihepatic and flank fluid, and multiple hypodense liver lesions suggestive of intrahepatic metastases or multifocal HCC were revealed by computed tomography...
January 2018: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
Brandon K Martinez, Brenda Yik, Raymond Tran, Sabrina Ilham, Craig I Coleman, Douglas L Jennings, William L Baker
Continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (CF-LVADs) prolong survival in advanced heart failure patients. Anticoagulation control is critical in CF-LVAD patients due to increased thromboembolic and bleeding risk. We assessed the quality of INR control in CF-LVAD patients measured by time in therapeutic range (TTR). We performed a systematic literature search of MEDLINE and SCOPUS through July 2017 to identify studies evaluating TTR in anticoagulated adult CF-LVAD patients. Data on key characteristics and the TTR end point were then extracted from each study by two investigators using a standardized tool...
March 6, 2018: Artificial Organs
Adam S Barnett, Derek D Cyr, Shaun G Goodman, Bennett S Levitan, Zhong Yuan, Graeme J Hankey, Daniel E Singer, Richard C Becker, Günter Breithardt, Scott D Berkowitz, Jonathan L Halperin, Werner Hacke, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Christopher C Nessel, Keith A A Fox, Manesh R Patel, Jonathan P Piccini
AIMS: The aim of this study was to determine the net clinical benefit (NCB) of rivaroxaban compared with warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation. METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis of 14,236 patients included in ROCKET AF who received at least one dose of study drug. We analyzed NCB using four different methods: (1) composite of death, stroke, systemic embolism, myocardial infarction, and major bleeding; (2) method 1 with fatal or critical organ bleeding substituted for major bleeding; (3) difference between the rate of ischemic stroke or systemic embolism minus 1...
April 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Francesco Marongiu, Doris Barcellona
Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) represent an innovation because they avoid periodic laboratory monitoring, and also reduce cerebral bleeding. An examination of the performance of DOACs versus warfarin in randomized clinical trials dedicated to atrial fibrillation would reveal the poor performance of warfarin because the percentage of major bleeding is always above 3%; however, the percentage of major bleeding is less than half of that when the management is done in anticoagulation clinics (ACs). Several years ago, a common opinion was that ACs would disappear as soon as DOACs enter the market...
March 2, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
Daniel Mandell, Raymond Planinsic, Fernando Melean, Christopher Hughes, Amit D Tevar, Abhinav Humar, Benjamin J Cassidy, Richard Simmons, Andre Dewolf, Tetsuro Sakai
Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) has been reported to treat intraoperative pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) during liver transplantation (LT). However, tPA administration is often delayed due to fear of uncontrolled bleeding and storage in a refrigerator outside of operating rooms. Various dosages of tPA were used. We hypothesize that a policy of tPA storage and low dosage use improves patient outcomes. At a transplantation center, a multidisciplinary committee has implemented a tPA policy since April 2014, which includes the following: (1) timely administering of low-dose tPA (0...
February 1, 2018: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Anton R Lord, Lisa A Simms, Allison Brown, Katherine Hanigan, Krupa Krishnaprasad, Belinda Schouten, Anthony R Croft, Mark N Appleyard, Graham L Radford-Smith
BACKGROUND: Gastroenterology Departments at hospitals within Australia receive thousands of General Practitioner (GP)-referral letters for gastrointestinal investigations every month. Many of these requests are for colonoscopy. This study aims to evaluate the performance of the current symptoms-based triage system compared to a novel risk score using objective markers. METHODS: Patients with lower abdominal symptoms referred by their GPs and triaged by a Gastroenterology consultant to a colonoscopy consent clinic were recruited into the study...
February 27, 2018: BMC Cancer
Tracy Kim, Farhad Yeroshalmi, Keith S Margulis, Victor Badner, Kenneth Rivlin
Congenital hypofibrinogenemia is a rare coagulation disorder characterized by a deficiency in fibrinogen protein, which is critical to the normal coagulation process. This hematological disorder can go undiagnosed until an event leads to prolonged bleeding. The purposes of this report were to describe an incidental diagnosis of congenital hypofibrinogenemia after a dental procedure, discuss the importance of recognizing coagulopathies on the delivery of dental care, examine the multi-disciplinary clinical management of prolonged bleeding after a dental procedure, and evaluate the challenges health care practitioners may encounter when obtaining a thorough medical history...
January 1, 2018: Pediatric Dentistry
Kenneth L Monson, Matthew I Converse, Geoffrey T Manley
Traumatic brain injury is a devastating cause of death and disability. Although injury of brain tissue is of primary interest in head trauma, nearly all significant cases include damage of the cerebral blood vessels. Because vessels are critical to the maintenance of the healthy brain, any injury or dysfunction of the vasculature puts neural tissue at risk. It is well known that these vessels commonly tear and bleed as an immediate consequence of traumatic brain injury. It follows that other vessels experience deformations that are significant though not severe enough to produce bleeding...
February 19, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
Jeanine J Sol, Moniek van de Loo, Marit Boerma, Klasien A Bergman, Albertine E Donker, Mark A H B M van der Hoeven, Christiaan V Hulzebos, Ronny Knol, K Djien Liem, Richard A van Lingen, Enrico Lopriore, Monique H Suijker, Daniel C Vijlbrief, Remco Visser, Margreet A Veening, Mirjam M van Weissenbruch, C Heleen van Ommen
BACKGROUND: In critically ill (preterm) neonates, central venous catheters (CVCs) are increasingly used for administration of medication or parenteral nutrition. A serious complication, however, is the development of catheter-related thrombosis (CVC-thrombosis), which may resolve by itself or cause severe complications. Due to lack of evidence, management of neonatal CVC-thrombosis varies among neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). In the Netherlands an expert-based national management guideline has been developed which is implemented in all 10 NICUs in 2014...
February 23, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
Katsuhisa Hirano, Tadashi Bando, Soshi Osawa, Tetsuro Shimizu, Tomoyuki Okumura, Tsutomu Fujii
INTRODUCTION: Mesenteric hematoma is a rare condition caused by bleeding localized in the mesenteric vascular tree. This is a first report of spontaneous mesenteric hematoma caused by rivaroxaban. PRESENTATION OF CASE: The patient was a 71-year-old man who had taken rivaroxaban for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. He had experienced abdominal pain and diarrhea for the prior 3 days. He had little melena and was referred to our institute. He presented with hypotension on arrival...
February 10, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
John B Holcomb
OBJECTIVES: Experience in the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan confirm that faster transport combined with effective prehospital interventions improves the outcomes of patients suffering hemorrhagic shock. Outcomes of patients with hemorrhagic shock and extremity bleeding have improved with widespread use of tourniquets and early balanced transfusion therapy. Conversely, civilian patients suffering truncal bleeding and shock have the same mortality (46%) over the last 20 years. To understand how to decrease this substantial mortality, one must first critically evaluate all phases of care from point of injury to definitive hemorrhage control in the operating room...
March 2018: Critical Care Medicine
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