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Transfusion therapy

Kathryn F Flack, Jay Desai, Jennifer M Kolb, Prapti Chatterjee, Lars C Wallentin, Michael Ezekowitz, Salim Yusuf, Stuart Connolly, Paul Reilly, Martina Brueckmann, John Ilgenfritz, James Aisenberg
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding in patients receiving anticoagulation agents can be caused by occult malignancies. We investigated the proportions and features of major GI bleeding (MGIB) events related to occult GI cancers in patients receiving anticoagulation therapy. METHODS: We analyzed data from the Randomized Evaluation of Long Term Anticoagulant Therapy study (conducted between December 2005 and March 2009 in 951 clinical centers in 44 countries worldwide), which compared the abilities of dabigatran vs warfarin to prevent stroke and systemic embolism in 18,113 patients with atrial fibrillation...
October 17, 2016: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Nicolas Sananès, Victor Gabriele, Anne Sophie Weingertner, Rodrigo Ruano, Magdalena Sanz-Cortes, Adrien Gaudineau, Bruno Langer, Israël Nisand, Chérif Youssef Akladios, Romain Favre
OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of our study was to evaluate the long-term neurodevelopment outcome after laser surgery for twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS). The secondary objective was to identify perinatal prognostic factors associated with neurodevelopmental impairment. METHOD: This was a single-center cohort prospective study carried out in pregnancies complicated by TTTS and treated by laser. Neurodevleopmental assesment included the administration of Ages and Stages Questionnaires® (ASQ), for the infants between two and five years of age...
October 20, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
Hu Luo, Liang Gong, Bingjing Zhu, Ying Huang, Chunlan Tang, Shicang Yu, Zhi Yang, Xiangdong Zhou
OBJECTIVE: Few clinical studies have confirmed the role of cytokine-induced killer cells (CIKs) in the maintenance therapy of advanced lung cancer patients. We investigate effectiveness and tolerability of CIKs as a maintenance therapy in the treatment of advanced lung cancer patients. METHODS: 70 patients with advanced lung cancer (stage IIIB to IV) admitted to the First Affiliated Hospital of Third Military Medical University in Chongqing from Nov. 2011 to Jan...
October 17, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Giuseppe Santarpino, Lazlo Gazdag, Joachim Sirch, Ferdinand Vogt, Miroslaw Ledwon, Theodor Fischlein, Steffen Pfeiffer
Bilateral internal thoracic artery (BITA) grafting may be associated with a higher risk of postoperative deep sternal wound infection than monolateral internal thoracic artery grafting due to a limited blood supply to the thoracic chest wall. Because preliminary studies suggest negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) may reduce the risk of infection, a retrospective chart review of 129 patients who underwent BITA between February 2003 and October 2014 was conducted. Of those, 21 patients received NPWT for 5 days immediately following surgery and the incisions of 108 patients were covered with a conventional gauze dressing...
December 2015: Ostomy/wound Management
Jérôme Dumortier, François Bailly, Georges-Philippe Pageaux, Anaïs Vallet-Pichard, Sylvie Radenne, François Habersetzer, Marie-Claude Gagnieu, Jean-Didier Grangé, Anne Minello, Olivier Guillaud, Nassim Kamar, Laurent Alric, Vincent Leroy
BACKGROUND: Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is the most common chronic liver disease in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Over the last few years, second-generation direct-acting antivirals have been revolutionary in the treatment of hepatitis C, and sofosbuvir (SOF) is the backbone of most modern treatment strategies. Since SOF is eliminated through the kidney, the aim of this multicentre retrospective study was to assess its antiviral efficacy and safety in HCV-infected patients with severe renal failure [including haemodialysis (HD) patients]...
October 19, 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Adam J Mitchell, Warren D Gray, Max Schroeder, Hong Yi, Jeannette V Taylor, Rebecca S Dillard, Zunlong Ke, Elizabeth R Wright, David Stephens, John D Roback, Charles D Searles
BACKGROUND: Red blood cell (RBC) transfusions are a common, life-saving therapy for many patients, but they have also been associated with poor clinical outcomes. We identified unusual, pleomorphic structures in human RBC transfusion units by negative-stain electron microscopy that appeared identical to those previously reported to be bacteria in healthy human blood samples. The presence of viable, replicating bacteria in stored blood could explain poor outcomes in transfusion recipients and have major implications for transfusion medicine...
2016: PloS One
Shiraz A Maskatia, Rodrigo Ruano, Alireza A Shamshirsaz, Pouya Javadian, Joshua A Kailin, Michael A Belfort, Carolyn A Altman, Nancy A Ayres
INTRODUCTION: Twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) is the major cause for fetal demise in monochorionic diamniotic pregnancies. Estimated combined cardiac output (CCO) has not been studied in this setting. The primary aims of this study were to compare CCO in twin donor and recipient fetuses and assess differences in CCO before and after laser coagulation therapy. A secondary aim was to evaluate the relationship of CCO with perinatal mortality, defined as intrauterine or neonatal mortality (≤30 days of age) in fetuses that underwent laser coagulation therapy...
October 19, 2016: Echocardiography
Shannon Kelly, Keith Quirolo, Anne Marsh, Lynne Neumayr, Alicia Garcia, Brian Custer
BACKGROUND: Chronic red blood cell (RBC) transfusion therapy (CTT) is an integral component of the management of severe sickle cell disease (SCD) and can prevent complications, such as stroke. RBC units can be administered via simple transfusion or exchange transfusion, and erythrocytapheresis (automated RBC exchange transfusion [aRBX]), is increasingly used for CTT. Comparisons of simple and aRBX transfusions are limited, and the current scope of aRBX use is not known. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: We administered a survey to define current transfusion practices for CTT and performed a review of the erythrocytapheresis literature...
October 19, 2016: Transfusion
Victoria A McCredie, Simone Piva, Marlene Santos, Wei Xiong, Airton Leonardo de Oliveira Manoel, Andrea Rigamonti, Gregory M T Hare, Martin G Chapman, Andrew J Baker
BACKGROUND: There are a range of opinions on the benefits and thresholds for the transfusion of red blood cells in critically ill patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and an urgent need to understand the neurophysiologic effects. The aim of this study was to examine the influence of red blood cell transfusions on cerebral tissue oxygenation (SctO2) in critically ill TBI patients. METHODS: This prospective observational study enrolled consecutive TBI patients with anemia requiring transfusion...
October 18, 2016: Neurocritical Care
Francesco Vasques, Luca Spiezia, Alberto Manfrini, Vincenzo Tarzia, Dario Fichera, Paolo Simioni, Gino Gerosa, Carlo Ori, Guido Di Gregorio
This retrospective, observational study compared the impact of a point-of-care rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM(®)) method versus conventional bleeding management in terms of postoperative (24-h) blood loss, intraoperative and postoperative (24-h) transfusion requirement and length of stay in the postoperative intensive care unit (ICU) in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Forty consecutive patients undergoing cardiac surgery under ROTEM(®)-guided hemostatic management were enrolled; the control population included 40 selected patients undergoing similar interventions without ROTEM(®) monitoring...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Anesthesia
Yao Lu, Han Zhang, Fang Teng, Wen-Jun Xia, Gui-Xiang Sun, Ai-Qing Wen
INTRODUCTION: The Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines recommend early goal-directed therapy (EGDT) for the resuscitation of patients with sepsis; however, the recent evidences quickly evolve and convey conflicting results. We performed a meta-analysis to evaluate the effect of EGDT on mortality in adults with severe sepsis and septic shock. METHODS: We searched electronic databases to identify randomized controlled trials that compared EGDT with usual care or lactate-guided therapy in adults with severe sepsis and septic shock...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
S J van Rooijen, D Huisman, M Stuijvenberg, J Stens, R M H Roumen, F Daams, G D Slooter
BACKGROUND: Colorectal anastomotic leakage (CAL) is a major surgical complication in intestinal surgery. Despite many optimizations in patient care, the incidence of CAL is stable (3-19%) [1]. Previous research mainly focused on determining patient and surgery related risk factors. Intraoperative non-surgery related risk factors for anastomotic healing also contribute to surgical outcome. This review offers an overview of potential modifiable risk factors that may play a role during the operation...
October 15, 2016: International Journal of Surgery
Ömer Erküner, Roy Claessen, Ron Pisters, Germaine Schulmer, Roos Ramaekers, Laura Sonneveld, Elton Dudink, Theo Lankveld, Ione Limantoro, Bob Weijs, Laurent Pison, Yuri Blaauw, Cees B de Vos, Harry Jgm Crijns
BACKGROUND: Patients undergoing elective electrical cardioversion (ECV) for atrial fibrillation have a temporarily increased risk of thromboembolism. Current guidelines recommend adequate anticoagulation for ≥3 consecutive weeks precardioversion, i.e. consecutive INR values 2.0-3.0 in patients with vitamin K antagonists (VKA). We aimed to evaluate the occurrence and impact of subtherapeutic INRs precardioversion and to study factors associated with these unwanted fluctuations. METHODS: We recruited 346 consecutive patients undergoing elective ECV in the Maastricht University Medical Centre between 2008 and 2013...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Henna Wong, Nicola Curry, Simon J Stanworth
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Death from uncontrolled haemorrhage is one of the leading causes of trauma-related mortality and is potentially preventable. Advances in understanding the mechanisms of trauma-induced coagulopathy (TIC) have focused attention on the role of blood products and procoagulants in mitigating the sequelae of TIC and how these therapies can be improved. RECENT FINDINGS: A host of preclinical and clinical studies have evaluated blood product availability and efficacy in trauma...
October 15, 2016: Current Opinion in Critical Care
Yi Zheng, Yicheng Yang, Shu Wu, Yongqiang Zhu, Xiaolong Tang, Xiaopeng Liu
As the second most common gynecologic malignant tumors with a high mortality rate, cervical cancer jeopardizes women's life worldwide. The low cure rate in cervical cancer patients is mainly attributed to the lack of effective therapies. One feasible novel strategy is to develop immune-based approaches such as adoptive cell immunotherapy of DCCIKs which represents a promising nontoxic antineoplastic immunotherapy preferred in clinic practice. However, the therapeutic effect is not as efficient as anticipated...
October 18, 2016: Bioengineered
Kohji Shirai
BACKGROUND: The cardio-ankle vascular index (CAVI) is a new arterial stiffness index of the arterial tree from the origin of the aorta to the ankle, and was essentially derived from the stiffness parameterβtheory proposed by Hayashi. The conspicuous feature of CAVI is independency from blood pressure at the time of measurement. AIM: The purpose is to clarify the meaning of CAVI as a surrogate marker of arteriosclerosis, and also the role of CAVI in the blood pressure control system...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Yao-Lung Chang, An-Shine Chao, Shuenn-Dyh Chang, Peter Cc Hsieh, Sheng-Yuan Su, Kuan-Ju Chen, Po-Jen Cheng, Tzu-Hao Wang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the outcome of twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) treated by fetoscopic laser therapy (FLT) stratified by Quintero staging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 100 TTTS cases treated by FLT, from October 2005 to August 2014, were included in this study. Cases were divided into first and second half periods to evaluate the learning effect-related outcomes, and logistic regression was applied to determine the independent factors in predicting the perinatal outcomes...
October 2016: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Angela B Treml, Jed B Gorlin, Richard P Dutton, Barbara M Scavone
BACKGROUND: Massive transfusion protocols (MTPs) have been adopted in many hospitals, and they may improve outcomes, as well as decrease the number of blood products transfused. However, there are no specific guidelines regarding the number and types of products that should be included in these protocols. MTPs may vary from hospital to hospital. METHODS: A short, web-based survey was sent to blood bank medical directors at academic institutions to learn details about MTPs...
October 3, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Dafna Willner, Valeria Spennati, Shelly Stohl, Giulia Tosti, Simone Aloisio, Federico Bilotta
Spine surgery has been growing rapidly as a neurosurgical operation, with an increase of 220% over a 15-year period. Intraoperative blood transfusion is a major outcome determinant of spine procedures. Various approaches, including pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic therapies, have been tested to decrease both intraoperative and postoperative blood loss. The aim of this systematic review is to report clinical evidence on the relationship between intraoperative blood loss (primary outcome) and on transfusion requirements and postoperative complications (secondary outcomes) in patients undergoing spine surgery...
October 3, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Mark W Lowdell, Amy Thomas
Advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) represent the current pinnacle of 'patient-specific medicines' and will change the nature of medicine in the near future. They fall into three categories; somatic cell-therapy products, gene therapy products and cells or tissues for regenerative medicine, which are termed 'tissue engineered' products. The term also incorporates 'combination products' where a human cell or tissue is combined with a medical device. Plainly, many of these new medicines share similarities with conventional haematological stem cell transplant products and donor lymphocyte infusions as well as solid organ grafts and yet ATMPs are regulated as medicines and their development has remained predominantly in academic settings and within specialist centres...
October 17, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
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