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Marco Ranucci, Ekaterina Baryshnikova, Valeria Pistuddi, Lorenzo Menicanti, Alessandro Frigiola
OBJECTIVES: Postoperative bleeding in cardiac surgery remains an important complication, leading to increased morbidity and mortality. Different interventions are possible to prevent/treat postoperative bleeding. The present study aims to investigate the effectiveness of these interventions in a real-world scenario. METHODS: This is a retrospective study based on 19 670 consecutive adult cardiac surgery patients operated from 2000 to 2015. During the study period, the following interventions have been applied and tested for effectiveness with a before versus after analysis: thromboelastography (TEG)-based diagnosis and treatment in actively bleeding patients; platelet function tests (PFTs); timing of surgery based on PFTs; fresh frozen plasma (FFP)-free strategy using prothrombin complex concentrate and fibrinogen concentrate...
October 17, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Christopher M McLaughlin, Steven L Marks, David C Dorman, Alison Motsinger-Reif, Rita M Hanel
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the correlation between thromboelastography (TEG) variables using strong activators and anti-Xa (AXa) activity in healthy dogs administered subcutaneous unfractionated heparin (UFH). DESIGN: Prospective experimental study. SETTING: University research facility. ANIMALS: Eight adult random-source male dogs. INTERVENTION: Dogs were randomized to receive subcutaneous UFH at 200, 250, or 300 IU/kg every 8 hours for a total of 10 injections...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
L Chow, A Carr, L MacKenzie, A Walker, D Archer, A Lee
BACKGROUND: Dalteparin is often used for prophylaxis or treatment of venous thromboembolism during pregnancy, yet there is no laboratory test to accurately reflect its clinical activity. Thromboelastography is a point-of-care monitor of whole blood coagulation. The aim of this study was to determine if serial doses of dalteparin added in vitro to whole blood samples from term, pregnant women are detectable as changes in thromboelastography parameters. METHODS: Thirty healthy parturients presenting for elective caesarean section were recruited...
September 1, 2016: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
Michelle Griego-Valles, Yekaterina Buriko, Jennifer E Prittie, Philip R Fox
OBJECTIVE: To assess primary and secondary hemostasis following in vitro dilution of canine whole blood (WB) with hydroxyethyl starch (HES) 130/0.4 and HES 670/0.75. DESIGN: In vitro experimental study. SETTING: Private practice, teaching hospital. ANIMALS: Twenty-five healthy dogs. INTERVENTIONS: Each dog underwent venipuncture and 18 mL of venous blood was sampled once. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Collected blood was separated in 4 aliquots...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Dara L Gottlieb, Jennifer Prittie, Yekaterina Buriko, Kenneth E Lamb
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the presence of acute traumatic coagulopathy (ATC) in dogs and cats following blunt trauma and to relate coagulation variables with injury severity and admission variables. DESIGN: Prospective, single center, observational study from 2013 to 2014. SETTING: Urban private referral hospital. ANIMALS: Eighteen and 19 client-owned dogs and cats, respectively, sustaining blunt trauma within 8 hours of presentation without prior resuscitation; 17 healthy staff and client-owned control cats METHODS: Blood samples were collected upon presentation for measurement of blood gas, lactate, blood glucose, ionized calcium, PCV, total plasma protein, prothrombin time (PT), activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT), fibrinogen, platelet count, and thromboelastography...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Lesley De Pietri, Marcello Bianchini, Gianluca Rompianesi, Elisabetta Bertellini, Bruno Begliomini
AIM: To describe the thromboelastography (TEG) "reference" values within a population of liver transplant (LT) candidates that underline the differences from healthy patients. METHODS: Between 2000 and 2013, 261 liver transplant patients with a model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) score between 15 and 40 were studied. In particular the adult patients (aged 18-70 years) underwent to a first LT with a MELD score between 15 and 40 were included, while all patients with acute liver failure, congenital bleeding disorders, and anticoagulant and/or antiplatelet drug use were excluded...
September 24, 2016: World Journal of Transplantation
Oksana Volod, Lee D Lam, Gloria Lin, Clarice Kam, Kristica Kolyouthapong, Jessica Mac, Mirocha James, Peter J Ambrose, Lawrence S C Czer, Francisco A Arabia
Thromboembolic events (TE) and hemorrhagic complications continue to remain frequent adverse events and causes of death following mechanical circulatory support device (MCSD) implantation. To counterbalance this post-implant multi-factorial hypercoagulable state, antithrombotic therapy given post implant must be individually tailored to keep patient adequately anticoagulated yet normocoagulable. Prior studies describing different anticoagulation protocols do not define normocoagulability for patients on MCSDs...
September 20, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Asrar Ahmad, Monica Kohli, Anita Malik, Megha Kohli, Jaishri Bogra, Haider Abbas, Rajni Gupta, B B Kushwaha
PURPOSE: In this study, we aimed to correlate thromboelastography (TEG) variables versus conventional coagulation profile in all patients presenting with pre-eclampsia/eclampsia and to see whether TEG would be helpful for evaluating coagulation in parturients before regional anaesthesia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a prospective study on 100 pre-eclampsia/eclampsia patients undergoing lower-segment caesarean section under regional anaesthesia. Two blood samples were collected...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
M Martinuzzo, L Barrera, D Altuna, F Tisi Baña, J Bieti, Q Amigo, M D'Adamo, M S López, J Oyhamburu, J C Otaso
BACKGROUND: Homozygous or double heterozygous factor XIII (FXIII) deficiency is characterized by soft tissue hematomas, intracranial and delayed spontaneous bleeding. Alterations of thromboelastography (TEG) parameters in these patients have been reported. The aim of the study was to show results of TEG, TEG Lysis (Lys 60) induced by subthreshold concentrations of streptokinase (SK), and to compare them to the clot solubility studies results in samples of a 1-year-old girl with homozygous or double heterozygous FXIII deficiency...
2016: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Yi Yao, Jia-Hui Zhang, Xiao-Fang Tang, Chen He, Yuan-Liang Ma, Jing-Jing Xu, Ying Song, Ru Liu, Xian-Min Meng, Lei Song, Miao Wang, Run-Lin Gao, Jin-Qing Yuan
BACKGROUND: Platelet function tests are widely used in clinical practice to guide personalized antiplatelet therapy. In China, the thromboelastography (TEG) test has been well accepted in clinics, whereas VerifyNow, mainly used for scientific research, has not been used in routine clinical practice. The aim of the current study was to compare these two point-of-care platelet function tests and to analyze the consistency between the two tests for evaluating on-clopidogrel platelet reactivity in Chinese acute myocardial infarction patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Samy Figueiredo, Audrey Tantot, Jacques Duranteau
Viscoelastic haemostatic assays (VHAs), mainly thromboelastography (TEG) and the rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM), provide global information on clot formation and dissolution at patient bedside, allowing fast identification of coagulation disorders. In trauma patients, VHAs are able to predict massive transfusion and mortality. These devices might also be used for applying targeted administration of procoagulant factors (e.g. fibrinogen concentrate) as an alternative to or in addition to using predefined fixed ratios of red blood cells: platelets: fresh frozen plasma/cryoprecipitate...
September 8, 2016: Minerva Anestesiologica
Anupam Verma, Dheeraj Khetan, Anubha Srivastava, Priti Elhence, Rahul Katharia
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July 2016: Asian Journal of Transfusion Science
Etheresia Pretorius, Sthembile Mbotwe, Janette Bester, Christopher J Robinson, Douglas B Kell
It is well known that a variety of inflammatory diseases are accompanied by hypercoagulability, and a number of more-or-less longer-term signalling pathways have been shown to be involved. In recent work, we have suggested a direct and primary role for bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in this hypercoagulability, but it seems never to have been tested directly. Here, we show that the addition of tiny concentrations (0.2 ng l(-1)) of bacterial LPS to both whole blood and platelet-poor plasma of normal, healthy donors leads to marked changes in the nature of the fibrin fibres so formed, as observed by ultrastructural and fluorescence microscopy (the latter implying that the fibrin is actually in an amyloid β-sheet-rich form that on stoichiometric grounds must occur autocatalytically)...
September 2016: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
Kate Elizabeth McCrossin, David Edmund Piers Bramley, Elizabeth Hessian, Evelyn Hutcheon, Georgina Imberger
BACKGROUND: Viscoelastic tests, including thromboelastography (TEG) and rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM), provide a global assessment of haemostatic function at the point of care. The use of a TEG or ROTEM system to guide blood product administration has been shown in some surgical settings to reduce transfusion requirements. The aim of this review is to evaluate all published evidence regarding viscoelastic testing in the setting of hepatic surgery. METHODS: We will search MEDLINE, EMBASE and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials databases to identify randomised controlled trials examining the use of viscoelastic testing for hepatic surgery...
2016: Systematic Reviews
A Le Gouez, F J Mercier
Major obstetric hemorrhage is a challenge for anesthesiologists because it remains responsible for over 10% of maternal deaths in high-income countries. A standardized multidisciplinary management, described in locally validated protocols and based on international guidelines is mandatory to prevent these deaths. The first difficulty relies on the systematic underestimation of the bleeding. Collection bags must be used to facilitate the diagnosis and therefore rapid management. The etiologies in antenatal or postpartum must be well-known in order to be treated adequately...
August 31, 2016: Transfusion Clinique et Biologique: Journal de la Société Française de Transfusion Sanguine
Kirsten Cleemann Rasmussen
BACKGROUND: Haemorrhage follows surgical intervention, but also fluid substitution may affect the blood loss. Here influence of colloids and lactated Ringer's solution (LR) on coagulation competence and haemorrhage is evaluated during cystectomy. METHODS: A meta-analysis, a prospective observational study and three randomized controlled trials were conducted - 17 patients received HES 130/0.4, 19 patients Dextran 70, 19 patients human albumin, and 54 patients LR - with blinded evaluation of blood loss and outcome while coagulation competence was evaluated by thromboelastography (TEG) and plasma coagulation analyses...
September 2016: Danish Medical Journal
Michal Droppa, Pascal Spahn, Khalid Takhgiriev, Karin A L Müller, Ahmed Alboji, Andreas Straub, Dominik Rath, Young-Hoon Jeong, Meinrad Gawaz, Tobias Geisler
BACKGROUND: Effective inhibition of platelet aggregation during PCI in high risk patients with ACS is of utmost importance. The new intravenous short acting P2Y12-receptor inhibitor cangrelor is available for use in PCI-treated patients. We aimed to study platelet inhibition during treatment with cangrelor and transition phase with oral P2Y12-receptor inhibitors in patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS). METHODS: Cangrelor was administered during PCI to 21 P2Y12-inhibitor naïve patients with ACS...
November 15, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Jeffrey B Riley, Gregory J Schears, Gregory A Nuttall, William C Oliver, Mark H Ereth, Joseph A Dearani
Excessive bleeding and allogeneic transfusion during adult post-cardiotomy venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) are potentially harmful and expensive. Balancing the inhibition of clotting and distinguishing surgical from non-surgical bleeding in post-operative period is difficult. The sensitivity of coagulation tests including Thromboelastography(®) (TEG) to predict chest tube drainage in the early hours of ECMO was examined with the use of receiver-operating characteristics (ROC). The results are useful to incorporate in clinical evidence-based algorithms to guide management decisions...
June 2016: Journal of Extra-corporeal Technology
Albe C Swanepoel, Amcois Visagie, Zelda de Lange, Odette Emmerson, Vance G Nielsen, Etheresia Pretorius
BACKGROUND: The effect of endogenous hormone concentrations, specifically 17β-estradiol and progesterone, on fibrin network formation has not been established. OBJECTIVES: It is essential to understand natural hormone mechanisms since these hormones are still present in circulation while hormonal contraceptives, which are associated with increased risk of venous thromboembolism, are used. METHODS: Due to the fact that these hormones are known to increase hypercoagulability and the prothrombotic state scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), thromboelastography (TEG) and turbidimetry were employed to investigate the morphology, surface roughness, viscoelastic properties and formation and lysis of fibrin...
October 2016: Thrombosis Research
Janette Bester, Etheresia Pretorius
Complex interactions exist between cytokines, and the interleukin family plays a fundamental role in inflammation. Particularly circulating IL-1β, IL-6 and IL-8 are unregulated in systemic and chronic inflammatory conditions. Hypercoagulability is an important hallmark of inflammation, and these cytokines are critically involved in abnormal clot formation, erythrocyte pathology and platelet hyper-activation, and these three cytokines have known receptors on platelets. Although these cytokines are always unregulated in inflammation, we do not know how the individual cytokines act upon the structure of erythrocytes and platelets, and which of the viscoelastic clot parameters are changed...
2016: Scientific Reports
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