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Cirrhosis anticoagulation

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
Fanny Turon, Virginia Hernández-Gea, Juan Carlos García-Pagán
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To describe portal vein thrombosis (PVT) in the setting of cirrhosis especially in relation to its potential impact on liver transplantation. In addition, the safety and efficacy of anticoagulation is reviewed. RECENT FINDINGS: PVT in cirrhosis occurs in up to 26% of patients awaiting liver transplantation. Different studies have suggested that PVT impacts negatively post-liver transplantation survival, particularly in first year post-liver transplantation and when PVT is complete involving the porto-mesenteric confluence and not allowing physiological anastomosis...
February 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
Jihyun Kwon, Youngil Koh, Su Jong Yu, Jung-Hwan Yoon
INTRODUCTION: Portal vein thrombosis (PVT) is a well-known complication in patients with liver cirrhosis (LC). The aim of this study is to investigate the outcomes of cirrhotic patients with PVT treated with low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH). METHOD: Ninety-one LC patients with PVT were treated with dalteparin or enoxaparin for six months. Patients with major bleeding during the last three months, severe thrombocytopenia, or impaired renal function were excluded...
February 1, 2018: Thrombosis Research
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
Khalid Al Hashmi, Lamya Al Aamri, Sulayma Al Lamki, Anil Pathare
OBJECTIVES: We sought to study the occurrence of portal vein thrombosis (PVT) in adult Omani patients. Methods: We conducted a retrospective cross-sectional study in patients diagnosed with PVT, which was confirmed by radiological imaging, from two tertiary hospitals over a 10-year period. Results: Amongst the 39 patients enrolled in the study, 15 (38.4%) had cirrhosis of the liver, and 24 (61.5%) were non-cirrhotic. In the non-cirrhotic PVT patients, 15 (62.5%) had acute PVT, whereas nine (37...
November 2017: Oman Medical 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
Yue-Meng Wan, Yu-Hua Li, Hua-Mei Wu, Zhi-Yuan Xu, Ying Xu, Li-Hong Yang, Xi-Nan Wu, Jin-Hui Yang
Portal vein thrombosis (PVT) is common in patients with cirrhosis undergoing transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS). This study had 3-fold aims: to assess risk factors for PVT; to determine the efficacy of anticoagulant therapy; to investigate the impact of PVT on clinical outcomes in TIPS-treated cirrhosis.Between June 2012 and February 2016, 126 TIPS-treated patients with cirrhosis were enrolled and studied prospectively. Enrolled patients were screened for PVT before TIPS and at 3, 6, 12, and 24 months post-TIPS...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
S Lombardo, J J Espejo, M E Pérez-Montilla, L J Zurera, Á González-Galilea
Portal vein thrombosis is a common complication in patients with cirrhosis. Anticoagulation involves a high risk of bleeding secondary to portal hypertension, so placing transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts (TIPS) has become an alternative treatment for portal vein thrombosis. Three strategies for TIPS placement have been reported: 1) portal recanalization and conventional implantation of the TIPS through the jugular vein; 2) portal recanalization through percutaneous transhepatic/transsplenic) access; and (3) insertion of the TIPS between the suprahepatic vein and a periportal collateral vessel without portal recanalization...
November 6, 2017: Radiología
Vincenzo La Mura, Simon Braham, Giulia Tosetti, Federica Branchi, Niccolò Bitto, Marco Moia, Anna Ludovica Fracanzani, Massimo Colombo, Armando Tripodi, Massimo Primignani
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) promote recanalization of portal vein thrombosis (PVT) in patients with cirrhosis. However, the benefit of PVT recanalization might be offset by major and minor bleeding associated with use of anticoagulants. We evaluated harmful and beneficial effects of VKA in patients with PVT and cirrhosis. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of 63 consecutive patients with cirrhosis given anticoagulants for the first detection of non-neoplastic PVT from 2003 to 2015 in Italy...
October 21, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Zhi-Hao Zhang, Jing-Wen Zhang, Ping He, Yan Zhou, Chang-Yu Sun
Portal vein thrombosis (PVT) is a rare but serious complication in the decompensated stage of cirrhosis, and recurrent upper gastrointestinal bleeding and refractory ascites can occur in such patients. In decompensated cirrhotic patients, the application of conventional anticoagulant therapy is limited due to severe coagulation disorders, thrombocytopenia, and history of gastrointestinal bleeding.In this study, we sought to investigate the effect of fondaparinux on acute PVT in decompensated cirrhotic patients...
October 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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
Tomáš Grus, Lukáš Lambert, Gabriela Grusová, Rohan Banerjee, Andrea Burgetová
Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS) is a rare disease with an incidence of 0.1 to 10 per million inhabitants a year caused by impaired venous outflow from the liver mostly at the level of hepatic veins and inferior vena cava. Etiological factors include hypercoagulable conditions, myeloprolipherative diseases, anatomical variability of the inferior vena cava, and environmental conditions. Survival rates in treated patients range from 42 to 100% depending on the etiology and the presence of risk factors including parameters of Child-Pugh score, sodium and creatinine plasma levels, and the choice of treatment...
2017: Prague Medical Report
Melissa Dupuis, Laurent Spahr, Emiliano Giostra, Laure Elkrief
Portal vein thrombosis is frequently encountered in patients with cirrhosis. Increased indication for non-invasive imaging in patients with cirrhosis has dramatically increased the recognition of PVT. This has led to a large amount of studies on pathogenesis as well as the prognostic impact of portal vein thrombosis on natural history of cirrhosis. However, in clinical practice, several aspects of the management of portal vein thrombosis remain unclear. This practical review discusses the most recent data toward the management of portal vein thrombosis in cirrhosis, especially regarding : a) the value of etiological workup ; b) the impact of portal vein thrombosis on the natural history of cirrhosis, and c) the indications and modalities of anticoagulation therapy...
August 30, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
Mengjie Lin, Feng Zhang, Yi Wang, Bin Zhang, Wei Zhang, Xiaoping Zou, Ming Zhang, Yuzheng Zhuge
Chronic Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS) is a rare cause of liver cirrhosis (LC) and tends to be misdiagnosed in clinical practice. In order to characterize LC caused by chronic BCS, we conducted this retrospective observational study. Medical records of all patients who were initially diagnosed as chronic BCS with LC when discharged from our department from January, 2011 to October, 2016 were reviewed. Cirrhotic patients with known causes and cases lacked key data were excluded. Data of remaining patients was collected and analyzed...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Cengiz Tavusbay, Erdinç Kamer, Turan Acar, İbrahim Kokulu, Haldun Kar, Özlem Gür
Extrahepatic portal vein thrombosis (PVT) is a rare condition that is characterized by the presence of thrombus within any segment of the portal vein, including the right and left intrahepatic branches. It may also extend to the splenic or superior mesenteric veins. Portal vein thrombosis may be related to cirrhosis or liver malignancy as well as to local inflammatory conditions in the abdomen and genetic or acquired thrombophilic diseases. Currently, PVT is being increasingly diagnosed due to advances in modern imaging techniques...
2017: Turkish Journal of Surgery
Cheng Gong, Xian Qin, Jian Yang, Tao Guo
OBJECTIVE: To determine the best anticoagulation strategy for the patients who underwent splenectomy with cirrhosis through network meta-analysis. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review of the literature in PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane Library database. We extracted data on incidence of Portal vein system thrombosis (PVST) from studies that compared various anticoagulation strategies for use with patients who underwent splenectomy with cirrhosis. Network meta-analysis was conducted in ADDIS by evaluating the different incidence of PVST...
2017: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
José I Fortea, Alexander Zipprich, Carolina Fernandez-Mena, Marta Puerto, Cristina R Bosoi, Jorge Almagro, Marcus Hollenbach, Juan Bañares, Belén Rodríguez-Sánchez, Emilia Cercenado, Marc-André Clément, Christopher F Rose, Rafael Bañares, Javier Vaquero, Cristina Ripoll
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Recent studies suggest that heparins reduce liver fibrosis and the risk of decompensation of liver disease. Here, we evaluated the effects of enoxaparin in several experimental models of advanced cirrhosis. METHODS: Cirrhosis was induced in male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats by: (i) Oral gavage with carbon tetrachloride (CCl4ORAL ), (ii) Bile duct ligation (BDL) and (iii) CCl4 inhalation (CCl4INH ). Rats received saline or enoxaparin s.c. (40 IU/Kg/d or 180 IU/Kg/d) following various protocols...
June 30, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
Ling Kuo, Tze-Fan Chao, Chia-Jen Liu, Yenn-Jiang Lin, Shih-Lin Chang, Li-Wei Lo, Yu-Feng Hu, Ta-Chuan Tuan, Jo-Nan Liao, Fa-Po Chung, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Gregory Y H Lip, Shih-Ann Chen
BACKGROUND: Patients with liver cirrhosis have been excluded from randomized clinical trials of oral anticoagulation therapy for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. We hypothesized that patients with liver cirrhosis would have a positive net clinical benefit for oral anticoagulation when used for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. METHODS AND RESULTS: This study used the National Health Insurance Research Database in Taiwan. Among 289 559 atrial fibrillation patients aged ≥20 years, there were 10 336 with liver cirrhosis, and 9056 of them having a CHA2DS2-VASc score ≥2 were divided into 3 groups, that is, no treatment, antiplatelet therapy, and warfarin...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
Hannah Young, Jeremy L Holzmacher, Richard Amdur, Stephen Gondek, Babak Sarani, Mary E Schroeder
: To evaluate the efficacy of international normalized ratio (INR) reversal using four-factor prothrombin complex concentrate (4F-PCC) in nonmedication-induced coagulopathy. We performed a single-site, retrospective cohort study of patients receiving off-label use of 4F-PCC. Cohorts included liver dysfunction if they had acute liver decompensation or cirrhosis without other causative factors of liver failure such as sepsis, coagulopathy of acute sepsis (CAS) if they had documentation of sepsis and no underlying liver disorder, known factor deficiencies, or medication-induced coagulopathy, or warfarin if they were taking warfarin...
October 2017: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
Rachel C Steckelberg, Zarah D Antongiorgi, Randolph H Steadman
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an acquired thrombophilic disorder characterized by autoantibodies to cell membrane phospholipids. While altered coagulation can complicate end-stage liver disease, there are few reports describing the perioperative management for liver transplantation in recipients with a preexisting hypercoagulable disorder, such as APS. We present a patient with a history of APS, Budd-Chiari syndrome with cirrhosis, hepatopulmonary syndrome, and heparin-induced thrombocytopenia who underwent liver transplantation complicated by hepatic artery thrombosis...
September 1, 2017: A & A Case Reports
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