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anticoagulation in liver disease

Antonios Douros, Laurent Azoulay, Hui Yin, Samy Suissa, Christel Renoux
BACKGROUND: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are relatively new drugs used for stroke prevention in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). However, there are concerns that their use may be associated with hepatotoxic effects. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine whether the use of NOACs is associated with an increased risk of serious liver injury compared with the use of vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) in NVAF patients with and without prior liver disease...
March 13, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Hiral N Golakiya, Viren N Naik, Hiren N Hirapara, Kalpanaben H Mody, Alpesh P Goswami, Chandrabhanu Tripathi
Our aim of the present study was to evaluate the anticoagulant effect of sulfated polysaccharides (SPS) from Codium dwarkense Bergesen in ic-carrageenan induced hypercoagulable state in Wistar albino rats. 48 Wistar albino rats of either sex were randomly divided into 6 groups - disease control, active control, treatment lowmand high dose and preventive low and high dose. K-Carrageenan (3 mg/kg) single dose intravenously was given in rat tail vein at pre-decided time to produce hypercoagulable state. Baseline, 24, 48 and 72 hours duration blood samples were collected for PT, INR, aPTT, platelet count and fibrinogen level, FDP and D-Dimer measurements...
May 2017: Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica
Tuncay Kırıs, Eyüp Avcı, Aykan Çelik
BACKGROUND: The purpose of the study was to investigate whether the addition of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) to the MELD score enhances the prediction of mortality in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS: This retrospective study analyzed 846 consecutive patients with ACS undergoing PCI who were not receiving previous anticoagulant therapy. The patients were grouped as survivors or non-survivors...
March 2, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
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
Frédéric Lapostolle, Virginie Siguret, Anne-Céline Martin, Claire Pailleret, Bernard Vigué, Yves Zerbib, Karim Tazarourte
The recent emergence of 'non-VKA' oral anticoagulants may have led to some forgetting that vitamin K antagonists (VKA) are by far the most widely prescribed oral anticoagulants worldwide. Consequently, we decided to summarize the information available on them. This paper presents the problems facing emergency physicians confronted with patients on VKAs in 10 points, from pharmacological data to emergency management. Vitamin K antagonists remain preferable in many situations including in the elderly, in patients with extreme body weights, severe chronic kidney or liver disease or valvular heart disease, and in patients taking VKAs with well-controlled international normalized ratios (INRs)...
February 16, 2018: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
Pavel Goriacko, Keith T Veltri
BACKGROUND: A complication of chronic liver disease (CLD) is the abnormality of coagulation. In clinical practice, this increased risk of bleeding has not been identified as a protective factor against stroke or systemic embolism associated with atrial fibrillation (AF). The objective of this study was to assess the safety of direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) agents versus warfarin in CLD patients with AF. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of patients with CLD and AF initiated on oral anticoagulants...
February 14, 2018: European Journal of Haematology
Satoshi Kaito, Sakiko Harada, Masao Tsukada, Akira Kojima, Kanichi Iwama, Kazunari Yamada, Kouichi Kajiwara, Kentaro Morikawa, Keiki Shimizu, Yasuji Kozai, Hideki Koudo
A 35-year-old man who previously underwent splenectomy for hereditary spherocytosis at age 29 visited our hospital complaining of fatigue that had started 7 days ago and right upper abdominal pain. Laboratory data showed increased white blood cell and eosinophil count accompanied by severe transaminitis and clotting abnormalities. Computed tomography scan showed multiple embolisms in the portal vein, superior mesenteric vein, right pulmonary artery, and inferior vena cava. Severe liver damage presumably caused by portal vein thrombosis was also observed...
2018: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Amar H Kelkar, Kavitha S Jacob, Eman B Yousif, John J Farrell
RATIONALE: Herein, we present a case of seemingly unprovoked portal vein thrombosis (PVT) occurring in the context of an acute cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection and prolonged debilitating fatigue. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 46-year-old male airline pilot presented with a 2 week history of abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, watery diarrhea, and daily recurrent fevers. This was in the context of progressive, debilitating fatigue for 3 months forcing the patient to leave his job...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Alexandra J Borst, Debra L Sudan, Laura A Wang, Michael J Neuss, Jennifer A Rothman, Thomas L Ortel
BACKGROUND: Pediatric patients undergoing liver transplant are at significant risk for bleeding and thrombotic complications due to the complex nature of rebalanced hemostasis in patients with liver disease. METHODS/OBJECTIVES: We reviewed records of 92 pediatric liver and multivisceral transplant cases at Duke University Medical Center between January 2009 and December 2015. The goal was to define the nature and incidence of bleeding and thrombotic complications in this cohort and define potential risk factors...
January 19, 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Camila C Simoes, Yezaz A Ghouri, Shehzad N Merwat, Heather L Stevenson
Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS) is characterised by obstruction of hepatic venous outflow and may be triggered by the prothrombotic state associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). We reported a case of Crohn's disease (CD) that presented with anasarca, ascites, symptomatic hepatomegaly, elevated liver enzymes, increased prothrombin time and low albumin. Oesophagogastroduodenoscopy and colonoscopy confirmed active CD. Abdominal CT showed hepatic vein thrombosis. Liver biopsy revealed severe perivenular sinusoidal dilation with areas of hepatocyte dropout, bands of hepatocyte atrophy and centrizonal fibrosis, suggestive of BCS...
January 17, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Lixia Zhang, Jian Xu, Li Gao, Shiyang Pan
Spurious thrombocytopenia is a well-known phenomenon observed with the widespread use of hematology analyzers (HAs). In this study, 355 specimens with pseudo-thrombocytopenia (PTCP) were evaluated via epidemiology, identification, remedies, and platelet (PLT) count. Data showed that anticoagulants such as citrate and/or heparin-dependent PTCP (16.0%) became increasingly common, whereas ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA)-induced PTCP (49.1%) remained the most frequent. We note that that nearly half of the patients with PTCP had veritable decreased PLT counts, even after PLT levels had been corrected...
January 13, 2018: Laboratory Medicine
Patricia N Apenteng, Haiyan Gao, Fd Richard Hobbs, David A Fitzmaurice
OBJECTIVE: To investigate evolving patterns in antithrombotic treatment in UK patients with newly diagnosed non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF). DESIGN: Prospective, multicentre, international registry. SETTING: 186 primary care practices in the UK. PARTICIPANTS: 3482 participants prospectively enrolled in four sequential cohorts (cohort 2 (C2) n=830, diagnosed September 2011 to April 2013; cohort 3 (C3) n=902, diagnosed April 2013 to June 2014; cohort 4 (C4) n=850, diagnosed July 2014 to June 2015; cohort 5 (C5) n=900, diagnosed June 2015 to July 2016)...
January 13, 2018: BMJ Open
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
Vincenzo Russo, Emilio Attena, Carmine Mazzone, Francesca Esposito, Valentina Parisi, Ciro Bancone, Anna Rago, Gerardo Nigro, Raffaele Sangiuolo, Antonio D' Onofrio
This is an observational study to investigate the efficacy and safety of nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with bioprosthetic valves or prior surgical valve repair in clinical practice. A total of 122 patients (mean age: 74.1 ± 13.2; 54 females) with bioprosthetic heart valve or surgical valve repair and AF treated with NOACs were included in the analysis. The mean CHA2DS2-VASc (Congestive heart failure, Hypertension, Age >75 years, Diabetes mellitus, prior Stroke or transient ischemic attack, Vascular disease) and HAS-BLED (Hypertension, Abnormal renal and liver function, Stroke, Bleeding, Labile INR [international normalized ratio], Elderly, Drugs or alcohol) score values were 3...
January 5, 2018: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
Yu Z Zhuge, Yi Wang, Feng Zhang, Cheng K Zhu, Wei Zhang, Ming Zhang, Qibin He, Jian Yang, Jian He, Jun Chen, Xiao P Zou
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation related hepatic vein occlusive disease (HSCT-HVOD) has been researched extensively; however, little is known about the clinical features and treatment of pyrrolizidine alkaloid-induced HVOD (PA-HVOD). This retrospective single centre study examined the clinical and laboratory characteristics of 108 patients with acute PA-HVOD and explored the efficacy of anticoagulation and TIPS therapy. METHODS: The study included 108 consecutive patients with PA-HVOD between July 2008 and June 2016...
January 3, 2018: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
Matthias Klingele, Theresa Stadler, Danilo Fliser, Timo Speer, Heinrich V Groesdonk, Alexander Raddatz
BACKGROUND: As of 2009, anticoagulation with citrate was standard practice in continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) for critically ill patients at the University Medical Centre of Saarland, Germany. Partial hepatic metabolism of citrate means accumulation may occur during CRRT in critically ill patients with impaired liver function. The aim of this study was to evaluate the actual influence of hepatic function on citrate-associated complications during long-term CRRT. METHODS: In a retrospective study conducted between January 2009 and November 2012, all cases of dialysis therapy performed in the interdisciplinary surgical intensive care unit were analysed...
November 29, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Boyoung Joung
Regulatory approvals of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have been based on large randomized phase III trials evaluating dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, or edoxaban relative to warfarin for atrial fibrillation (AF). The results of the trials showed that all NOACs were at least non-inferior to warfarin in the prevention of stroke/thromboembolism and showed lower rates of intracranial bleeding than those associated with warfarin. However, the trials were designed differently, varied in the inclusion/exclusion criteria, and used either one dose or a low/high dose of the NOAC drug...
November 2017: Korean Circulation Journal
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
Anna Licata, Fania Puccia, Vania Lombardo, Antonietta Serruto, Maria G Minissale, Ilaria Morreale, Lydia Giannitrapani, Maurizio Soresi, Giuseppe Montalto, Piero L Almasio
AIM/OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Direct-acting oral anticoagulant drugs are marketed worldwide for the primary and secondary prevention and treatment of thromboembolic disorders. Rivaroxaban, an oral, direct factor Xa inhibitor, is one of the most used. Rivaroxaban-induced hepatotoxicity is unusual, although a number of adverse reports have recently been reported. Here, we report two new cases of rivaroxaban-induced hepatitis. METHODS: A systematic search of case reports on the MEDLINE database encompassing the years 2008-2016 was carried out...
February 2018: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Galina Plotnikov, Lior Bracha, Shimon Izhakian, Moshe Tishler, Oleg Gorelik
PURPOSE: To investigate clinical characteristics and the prognostic significance of a prolonged international normalized ratio (INR) without obvious cause or anticoagulant treatment, in elderly inpatients. METHODS: Demographic, clinical, and laboratory data, in-hospital death and 30day-mortality were prospectively registered for 100 consecutive patients aged ≥75years admitted to an internal medicine ward for a variety of acute medical disorders, and compared according to normal (≤1...
January 2018: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
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