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Massimo Miniati
Pulmonary infarction occurs in nearly one-third of the patients with acute pulmonary embolism. Infarcts are still often mistaken for pneumonia or lung cancer because of the deeply rooted belief that they ought to be triangular in shape. In reality, the apical portion of an embolized region is spared from infarction thanks to sufficient collateral blood flow. Infarcts are always arranged peripherally along the surface of the visceral pleura (costal, diaphragmatic, mediastinal, or interlobar). Their free margin is sharp and convex toward the hilum, casting a semicircular or cushion-like density on chest radiography or computed tomography (CT)...
October 15, 2016: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
Philbert Y Van, Martin A Schreiber
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The traumatically injured patient is at high risk for developing venous thromboembolism. Clinical practice guidelines developed by the American College of Chest Physicians and the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma recognize the importance of initiating thromboprophylaxis, but the guidelines lack specific recommendations regarding the timing and dose of pharmacologic thromboprophylaxis. We review the literature regarding initiation of thromboprophylaxis in different injuries, the use of inferior vena cava filters, laboratory monitoring, dosing regimens, and the use of antiplatelet therapy...
October 5, 2016: Current Opinion in Critical Care
Deisy Barrios, Vladimir Rosa-Salazar, Raquel Morillo, Rosa Nieto, Sara Fernández, José Luis Zamorano, Manuel Monreal, Adam Torbicki, Roger D Yusen, David Jiménez
BACKGROUND: For patients diagnosed with acute pulmonary embolism (PE), the prognostic significance of concomitant right heart thrombi (RHT) lacks clarity. METHODS: We performed a meta-analysis of studies that enrolled patients with acute PE to assess the prognostic value of echocardiography-detectable RHT for the primary outcome of short-term all-cause mortality, and the secondary outcome of short-term PE-related mortality. We conducted unrestricted searches of Pubmed and Embase from 1980 through January 31, 2016 and used the terms "right heart thrombi", "pulmonary embolism", and "prognos*"...
October 13, 2016: Chest
Menno V Huisman, John Fanikos
As expected with all antithrombotic agents, there is a risk of bleeding complications in patients receiving direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) because of the DOAC itself, acute trauma, invasive procedures, or underlying comorbidities. For many bleeding events, a prudent course of action will be to withdraw the DOAC, then "wait and support" the patient, with the expectation that the bleeding event should resolve with time. Likewise, DOAC therapy may be interrupted ahead of a planned procedure, the stopping time being dependent on the agent involved and the patient's renal function...
September 28, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
John Eikelboom, Geno Merli
The risk of bleeding in the setting of anticoagulant therapy continues to be re-evaluated following the introduction of a new generation of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs). Interruption of DOAC therapy and supportive care may be sufficient for the management of patients who present with mild or moderate bleeding, but in those with life-threatening bleeding, a specific reversal agent is desirable. We review the phase 3 clinical studies of dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, in the context of bleeding risk and management...
September 29, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Todd C Villines, W Frank Peacock
Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have been marketed in the United States since 2010. While numerous large-scale prospective phase 3 outcomes studies have documented the effectiveness of DOACs for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, the primary safety concern with all of these drugs-as it is with the more established oral anticoagulant warfarin-is the risk of major bleeding. Postmarketing surveillance studies (PMSS) provide the opportunity to evaluate the safety of these recently approved drugs across a spectrum of patients that may be broader than those included in randomized controlled trials...
September 28, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Jerrold H Levy
Patients taking direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) who then need an emergency invasive procedure require specialized management strategies. Appropriate patient evaluation includes assessment of the current anticoagulation state, including timing of the last dose. DOACs require particular coagulation assays to measure anticoagulation levels accurately, although standard coagulation screening tests may provide qualitative guidance. Specialty societies have endorsed general recommendations for patient management to promote hemostasis in anticoagulated patients requiring surgery or other invasive procedures...
September 29, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Dario Winterton, Michael Bailey, David Pilcher, Giovanni Landoni, Rinaldo Bellomo
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Despite the clinical significance of major pulmonary embolism (PE), little is known about patients with a presentation severe enough to lead to intensive care unit (ICU) admission and nothing is known about PE requiring mechanical ventilation (MV). We aimed to examine the characteristics, incidence and outcome of patients with PE as their reason for ICU admission. METHODS: We performed a retrospective, cross-sectional study of patients admitted to Australia's and New Zealand's ICUs because of PE from 2005 to 2013...
September 11, 2016: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
Karen Schreiber, Beverley J Hunt
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is classified as the association of thrombotic events and/or obstetric morbidity in patients persistently positive for antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). APS is also the most frequently acquired risk factor for a treatable cause of recurrent pregnancy loss and increases the risk of conditions associated with ischemic placental dysfunction, such as stillbirth, intrauterine death, preeclampsia, premature birth, and fetal growth restriction. The use of low-dose aspirin and heparin has improved the pregnancy outcome in obstetric APS and approximately 70% of pregnant women with APS will deliver a viable live infant...
September 21, 2016: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
Ashwini Bennett, Sanjeev Chunilal
Pregnancy-associated venous thromboembolism (PAVTE) consists of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (PE) occurring during pregnancy or in the postpartum period. This condition is common and is a major source of morbidity in a population which is young and otherwise relatively healthy. Timely diagnosis and treatment are crucial in ensuring satisfactory patient outcomes. Diagnostic strategies for pregnancy-associated PE in particular require careful consideration of maternal and fetal risks. Low-molecular-weight heparins currently form the mainstay of treatment; however, there are uncertainties around optimal dosing of these agents in certain settings (e...
September 22, 2016: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
Karen A Moffat, Clinton W Lewis
Vitamin K antagonists (VKA) have been used for many years as effective anticoagulant therapy. The laboratory plays a crucial role in measuring the prothrombin time (PT) and calculating the international normalized ratio (INR). Each component of the calculation has the potential to increase error in the final result. This article discusses the laboratory aspects of monitoring VKA including sample requirements, PT, determination of the INR, point of care (POC) testing, external quality assurance/proficiency testing, and reversal strategies for VKA therapy...
September 27, 2016: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
Karen S Brown, Hamim Zahir, Michael A Grosso, Hans J Lanz, Michele F Mercuri, Jerrold H Levy
BACKGROUND: Four nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are approved for the prevention of stroke in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation and for the treatment of venous thromboembolism. These include the direct thrombin inhibitor dabigatran and the direct factor Xa inhibitors rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban. Bleeding is a complication for all anticoagulants and concerns regarding bleeding risk and the suitability of effective reversal strategies may be a barrier to their prescription...
September 23, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
David M Dudzinski, Praveen Hariharan, Blair A Parry, Yuchiao Chang, Christopher Kabrhel
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular strain (RVS) identifies patients at risk of hemodynamic deterioration from pulmonary embolism (PE). Our hypothesis was that chest computed tomography (CT) can provide information about RVS analogous to transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and that RVS on CT is associated with adverse outcomes after PE. METHODS: Consecutive emergency department (ED) patients with acute PE were prospectively enrolled and clinical, biomarker, and imaging data were recorded...
September 24, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Barbara A Konkle
In some clinical settings laboratory measurement of direct oral anticoagulants effect is helpful in guiding medical care, such as life-threatening bleeding, need for emergency surgery, renal impairment, severe hepatic failure, extremes of body weight, or in patients with bleeding or thrombosis on therapy. This article reviews approaches to laboratory testing to assess the anticoagulant effect of these drugs. Because of the wide variation in levels measured in patients on therapy and minimal clinical data from dose adjustment, dose adjustment based on levels is not currently advised...
October 2016: Hematology/oncology Clinics of North America
Louis M Kwong, Jon A Kimball
Elective total hip or knee arthroplasty places patients at risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE). As our understanding of the pathophysiology of VTE after joint arthroplasty has increased, pharmacologic strategies have been developed to target different aspects of the coagulation cascade. Various approaches have been used as risk reduction strategies. In 2011 and 2014 the Food and Drug Administration approved rivaroxaban and apixaban as new oral antithrombotic agents. Although controversies remain with regard to the ideal VTE pharmacoprophylactic agent, this class of novel oral anticoagulants has been demonstrated to be safe and to be more effective than enoxaparin...
October 2016: Hematology/oncology Clinics of North America
Nicoletta Riva, Walter Ageno
In the past 2 decades, the direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have emerged as alternatives to the standard therapy (unfractionated or low-molecular-weight heparin followed by vitamin K antagonists [VKA]), for the acute and extended treatment of venous thromboembolism. The DOACs have a more favorable pharmacologic profile and a predictable anticoagulant response and, therefore, have the potential to overcome some of the limitations associated with the use of VKA. Several ongoing registries are evaluating the use of the DOACs in routine clinical practice and will provide additional information in less selected patient populations...
October 2016: Hematology/oncology Clinics of North America
Ang Li, Renato D Lopes, David A Garcia
Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have been approved for the treatment of venous thromboembolism and atrial fibrillation based on randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of direct comparisons with vitamin K antagonists. Despite having more than 100,000 patients enrolled, safety and efficacy are debated in selected populations. Although DOACs are reviewed as a class of anticoagulant, pharmacokinetic differences exist such that different medications may be beneficial in distinct clinical settings. Synthesizing available evidence based on phase III RCTs, post hoc subgroup analyses, and pooled metaanalyses, this review provides an overview of DOACs and scrutinizes individual differences in their applications for the special populations...
October 2016: Hematology/oncology Clinics of North America
Benjamin R Bell, Alex C Spyropoulos, James D Douketis
The periprocedural management of patients on direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) is a common but potentially challenging clinical problem because there are few prospective studies to guide clinical decisions. Retrospective analyses from randomized trials and observational data suggest that DOACs can be managed in a standardized manner, based on surgical and patient characteristics, that does not result in excess major bleeding or thrombosis. In a case-based manner, this article presents a perioperative DOAC management algorithm and reviews the available and emerging evidence supporting the safety and efficacy of this approach...
October 2016: Hematology/oncology Clinics of North America
Jack E Ansell
The vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) are associated with a significant rate of major and fatal bleeding complications. The new direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs), even though having a better bleeding profile than the VKAs, are still associated with serious bleeding. The anticoagulation induced by the VKAs can be reversed with both vitamin K and prothrombin complex concentrates, whereas the DOACs were developed without specific reversal agents. Although there is controversy around the necessity of a reversal agent, most clinicians agree that having a reversal agent for the DOACs would be beneficial...
October 2016: Hematology/oncology Clinics of North America
V Koenig-Oberhuber, M Filipovic
In our daily anaesthetic practice, we are confronted with an increasing number of patients treated with either antiplatelet or anticoagulant agents. During the last decade, changes have occurred that make the handling of antithrombotic medication a challenging part of anaesthetic perioperative management. In this review, the authors discuss the most important antiplatelet and anticoagulant drugs, the perioperative management, the handling of bleeding complications, and the interpretation of some laboratory analyses related to these agents...
September 2016: British Journal of Anaesthesia
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