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Evaluation of the Use of Low-Dose 4-Factor Prothrombin Complex Concentrate in the Reversal of Direct Oral Anticoagulants in Bleeding Patients.

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Published:24th Sep 2018
Author: Allison TA, Lin PJ, Gass JA, Chong K, Prater SJ, Escobar MA et al.
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Ref.:J Intensive Care Med. 2018:885066618800657.

This study investigated the percentage of patients who achieved hemostasis with 4-factor prothrombin complex concentrate (4-factor PCC) 35 U/kg. The primary end point was to determine the effect of 4-factor PCC 35 U/kg on bleeding progression, assessed using computed tomography.

Methods: This was a retrospective, observational, single-center study conducted in patients with a major bleed admitted to a level 1 trauma center from May 1, 2013, to June 15, 2015, who received 4-factor PCC 35 U/kg for reversal of a direct factor Xa inhibitor taken prior to admission.

Results: Thirty-three patients were included in the study, with 31 patients in the final analysis. The mean (standard deviation) age was 73 (14.8) years; 54.5% of patients were female. Of the 33 patients, 13 presented with a traumatic brain injury, 9 with an aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, 8 with an intracerebral hemorrhage, 1 with a gastrointestinal bleed, 1 with a hematoma with active extravasation, and 1 with an intra-abdominal bleed. The most frequently used direct factor Xa inhibitor was rivaroxaban (81.8%). Overall, 83.8% of patients achieved hemostasis with 4-factor PCC 35 U/kg. Progression of hemorrhage was observed in 4 patients on repeat computed tomography scan and 1 patient had continued surgical bleeding. No thromboembolic events were reported.

Conclusions: Low-dose, 4-factor PCC 35 U/kg appeared to produce hemostasis in a majority of the patients. This may be an effective dosing regimen for anticoagulant reversal of factor Xa inhibitors in clinically bleeding patients.


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