There is currently a contrast between the demonstrated benefits of fibrinogen concentrate in correcting bleeding and reducing transfusion, and its perceived thrombogenic potential. This analysis evaluates the effects of fibrinogen concentrate on coagulation up to 12 days after administration during aortic surgery.
We performed a post hoc analysis of a prospective, randomized, double-blind, controlled trial of fibrinogen concentrate as first-line haemostatic therapy in aortic surgery. After cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) and protamine administration, subjects with coagulopathic bleeding received fibrinogen concentrate or placebo. The placebo group received allogeneic blood products, including fresh-frozen plasma (FFP; n=32); the fibrinogen concentrate group received fibrinogen concentrate alone (FC; n=14), or fibrinogen concentrate followed by allogeneic blood products (FC+FFP; n=15). Plasma fibrinogen, fibrin-based clotting (ROTEM®-based FIBTEM assay), and peri- and postoperative haematological and coagulation parameters were compared.
Plasma fibrinogen and FIBTEM maximum clot firmness (MCF) decreased ∼50% during CPB but were corrected by FC or FC+FFP. At last suture, the highest values for plasma fibrinogen (360 mg dl−1) and FIBTEM MCF (22 mm) were within normal ranges—below the acute phase increases observed after surgery. In patients receiving only FFP as a source of fibrinogen, these parameters recovered marginally by last suture (P<0.001 vs FC and FC+FFP). All groups displayed comparable haemostasis at 24 h post-surgery. Fibrinogen concentrate did not cause alterations of other haemostasis parameters.
Fibrinogen concentrate provided specific, significant, short-lived increases in plasma fibrinogen and fibrin-based clot firmness after aortic surgery.
blood coagulation tests; cardiopulmonary bypass; fibrin; fibrinogen; plasma
Point-of-care thromboelastometry (ROTEM®) can be used to assess coagulation in whole blood. In the ROTEM® FIBTEM test, cytochalasin D eliminates the contribution of platelets to the whole blood clot; hence, only the remaining elements, including fibrinogen/fibrin, red blood cells and factor XIII, contribute to clot strength. We investigated the relationships between FIBTEM maximum clot firmness (MCF), whole blood fibrinogen concentration and plasma fibrinogen concentration to determine the impact of haematocrit on these parameters during cardiac surgery.
Materials and methods
The relationships between FIBTEM MCF and both whole blood fibrinogen concentration and plasma fibrinogen concentration (Clauss assay) were evaluated pre-operatively and after cardiopulmonary bypass/protamine administration in haematocrit-based subgroups.
The study included 157 patients. The correlation coefficient rho between FIBTEM MCF and plasma fibrinogen concentration was 0.68 at baseline and 0.70 after protamine, while that between FIBTEM MCF and whole blood fibrinogen concentration was 0.74 at baseline and 0.72 after protamine (all P <0.001). In subgroup analyses based on haematocrit levels, pre-operative FIBTEM MCF and whole blood fibrinogen concentration were both significantly higher (P <0.05) for the lowest haematocrit subgroup, but plasma fibrinogen concentration was similar in all groups. After protamine, no significant differences were observed between the lowest haematocrit group and the other groups for any of the three parameters.
The effect of haematocrit on blood clotting is not reflected by plasma fibrinogen concentration, in contrast to FIBTEM MCF which incorporates the contribution of haematocrit to whole blood clot firmness. This effect does, however, appear to be negligible in haemodiluted patients.
cardiac surgery; fibrinogen; FIBTEM; haematocrit; thromboelastometry
Bleeding diathesis after aortic valve operation and ascending aorta replacement (AV–AA) is managed with fresh-frozen plasma (FFP) and platelet concentrates. The aim was to compare haemostatic effects of conventional transfusion management and FIBTEM (thromboelastometry test)-guided fibrinogen concentrate administration.
A blood products transfusion algorithm was developed using retrospective data from 42 elective patients (Group A). Two units of platelet concentrate were transfused after cardiopulmonary bypass, followed by 4 u of FFP if bleeding persisted, if platelet count was ≤100×103 µl−1 when removing the aortic clamp, and vice versa if platelet count was >100×103 µl−1. The trigger for each therapy step was ≥60 g blood absorbed from the mediastinal wound area by dry swabs in 5 min. Assignment to two prospective groups was neither randomized nor blinded; Group B (n=5) was treated according to the algorithm, Group C (n=10) received fibrinogen concentrate (Haemocomplettan® P/Riastap, CSL Behring, Marburg, Germany) before the algorithm-based therapy.
A mean of 5.7 (0.7) g fibrinogen concentrate decreased blood loss to below the transfusion trigger level in all Group C patients. Group C had reduced transfusion [mean 0.7 (range 0–4) u vs 8.5 (5.3) in Group A and 8.2 (2.3) in Group B] and reduced postoperative bleeding [366 (199) ml vs 793 (560) in Group A and 716 (219) in Group B].
In this pilot study, FIBTEM-guided fibrinogen concentrate administration was associated with reduced transfusion requirements and 24 h postoperative bleeding in patients undergoing AV–AA.
blood, coagulation; measurement techniques, thrombelastograph; surgery, cardiovascular; transfusion
The appropriate strategy for trauma-induced coagulopathy management is under debate. We report the treatment of major trauma using mainly coagulation factor concentrates.
This retrospective analysis included trauma patients who received ≥ 5 units of red blood cell concentrate within 24 hours. Coagulation management was guided by thromboelastometry (ROTEM®). Fibrinogen concentrate was given as first-line haemostatic therapy when maximum clot firmness (MCF) measured by FibTEM (fibrin-based test) was <10 mm. Prothrombin complex concentrate (PCC) was given in case of recent coumarin intake or clotting time measured by extrinsic activation test (EXTEM) >1.5 times normal. Lack of improvement in EXTEM MCF after fibrinogen concentrate administration was an indication for platelet concentrate. The observed mortality was compared with the mortality predicted by the trauma injury severity score (TRISS) and by the revised injury severity classification (RISC) score.
Of 131 patients included, 128 received fibrinogen concentrate as first-line therapy, 98 additionally received PCC, while 3 patients with recent coumarin intake received only PCC. Twelve patients received FFP and 29 received platelet concentrate. The observed mortality was 24.4%, lower than the TRISS mortality of 33.7% (P = 0.032) and the RISC mortality of 28.7% (P > 0.05). After excluding 17 patients with traumatic brain injury, the difference in mortality was 14% observed versus 27.8% predicted by TRISS (P = 0.0018) and 24.3% predicted by RISC (P = 0.014).
ROTEM®-guided haemostatic therapy, with fibrinogen concentrate as first-line haemostatic therapy and additional PCC, was goal-directed and fast. A favourable survival rate was observed. Prospective, randomized trials to investigate this therapeutic alternative further appear warranted.
In this prospective study, the effects of fresh frozen plasma (FFP) included in pump priming for congenital heart surgery in infants and children on post-bypass coagulation profiles were evaluated.
Materials and Methods
Either 20% albumin (50-100 mL) or FFP (1-2 units) was added to pump priming for patients randomly allocated into control or treatment groups, respectively. Hematologic assays, including functional fibrinogen level, and rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM®) were measured before skin incision (baseline), after weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) and heparin reversal, and at 24 hours (h) in the intensive care unit (ICU).
All the baseline measurements were comparable between the control and treatment groups of infants and children. After heparin reversal, however, significantly higher fibrinogen levels and less reduced ROTEM parameters, which reflect clot formation and firmness, were demonstrated in the treatment groups of infants and children. At 24 h in the ICU, hematologic assays and ROTEM measurements were comparable between the control and treatment groups of infants and children. Transfusion requirements, excluding FFP in pump prime, and postoperative bleeding were comparable between the control and treatment groups of infants and children.
Although clinical benefits were not clearly found, the inclusion of FFP in pump priming for congenital heart surgery in infants and children was shown to improve the hemodilution-related hemostatic dysfunction immediately after weaning from CPB and heparin reversal.
Congenital heart disease; cardiopulmonary bypass; blood coagulation disorder; fresh frozen plasma
Thromboelastometry (TEM)-guided haemostatic therapy with fibrinogen concentrate and prothrombin complex concentrate (PCC) in trauma patients may reduce the need for transfusion of red blood cells (RBC) or platelet concentrate, compared with fresh frozen plasma (FFP)-based haemostatic therapy.
This retrospective analysis compared patients from the Salzburg Trauma Centre (Salzburg, Austria) treated with fibrinogen concentrate and/or PCC, but no FFP (fibrinogen-PCC group, n = 80), and patients from the TraumaRegister DGU receiving ≥ 2 units of FFP, but no fibrinogen concentrate/PCC (FFP group, n = 601). Inclusion criteria were: age 18-70 years, base deficit at admission ≥2 mmol/L, injury severity score (ISS) ≥16, abbreviated injury scale for thorax and/or abdomen and/or extremity ≥3, and for head/neck < 5.
For haemostatic therapy in the emergency room and during surgery, the FFP group (ISS 35.5 ± 10.5) received a median of 6 units of FFP (range: 2, 51), while the fibrinogen-PCC group (ISS 35.2 ± 12.5) received medians of 6 g of fibrinogen concentrate (range: 0, 15) and 1200 U of PCC (range: 0, 6600). RBC transfusion was avoided in 29% of patients in the fibrinogen-PCC group compared with only 3% in the FFP group (P< 0.001). Transfusion of platelet concentrate was avoided in 91% of patients in the fibrinogen-PCC group, compared with 56% in the FFP group (P< 0.001). Mortality was comparable between groups: 7.5% in the fibrinogen-PCC group and 10.0% in the FFP group (P = 0.69).
TEM-guided haemostatic therapy with fibrinogen concentrate and PCC reduced the exposure of trauma patients to allogeneic blood products.
Low plasma fibrinogen concentration is a predictor of poor outcome in major trauma patients. The role of fibrinogen concentrate for rapidly increasing fibrinogen plasma levels in severe trauma is not well defined.
In this retrospective study we included severe trauma patients treated with fibrinogen concentrate alone (FC group), fibrinogen concentrate with prothrombin complex concentrate (FC–PCC group) or fibrinogen concentrate with PCC and fresh frozen plasma (FC–PCC–FFP group). PCC was generally administered as the second step of intraoperative therapy, while FFP was only administered as a third step. All patients received ≥1 g fibrinogen concentrate within 24 hours. Plasma fibrinogen concentration and ROTEM parameters upon emergency room (ER) admission, intensive care unit (ICU) admission, and after 24 hours were analysed.
Among 157 patients fulfilling the inclusion criteria, 83% were male; mean age was 44 years and median injury severity score (ISS) was 29. Standard coagulation tests reflected increasing severity of coagulopathy with increasing complexity of haemostatic therapy (highest severity in the FC–PCC–FFP group; p < 0.0001). Total 24-hour fibrinogen concentrate dose also increased with complexity of haemostatic therapy. Plasma fibrinogen concentration was maintained, with no significant difference between ER admission and ICU admission in all patient groups. FIBTEM clot firmness at 10 minutes (CA10) was similarly maintained, albeit with a small increase in the FC–PCC group. Fibrinogen concentration and FIBTEM CA10 were within the normal range in all groups at 24 hours. The ratio of fibrinogen concentrate to red blood cells (g:U) ranged between 0.7:1.0 and 1.0:1.0.
Fibrinogen concentrate therapy maintained fibrinogen concentration and FIBTEM CA10 during the initial phase of trauma care until ICU admission. After 24 hours, these parameters were comparable between the three groups and within the normal range for each of them. Further studies are warranted to investigate the effect of fibrinogen concentrate on clinical outcomes.
Fibrinogen concentrate; Prothrombin complex concentrate; Fresh frozen plasma; Thromboelastometry (ROTEM)
The kinetics of the depletion of plasma fibrinogen were studied in seven patients who received fibrinogen-131I 1 hr before an intravenous injection of the coagulating enzyme (CE) derived from the venom of the pit viper, Agkistrodon rhodostoma. Disappearance of the clottable radioactivity labeled fibrinogen from the circulation conformed to an exponential decay with an average half-life of 0.85 hr. The mean clearance rate for protein-bound radioactivity, composed of fibrinogen and it's split products, was 12% of the intravascular pool per hour. The breakdown products of fibrin produced by CE inhibited polymerization of fibrin in vitro.
Studies in five patients performed between the 3rd and 10th day following the administration of CE revealed that the absolute catabolic rates of fibrinogen were subnormal initially, but gradually increased as the fibrinogen concentration returned to normal.
In rabbits, after the administration of CE, regeneration of the fibrinogen pool was markedly prolonged. This delayed regeneration time was not influenced by an excess of antivenene, but rapid regeneration to pretreatment values of plasma fibrinogen was immediately initiated by stimulating fibrinogen synthesis with subcutaneous turpentine.
Prothrombin complex concentrates (PCCs) are sometimes used as ‘off label’ for excessive bleeding after cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). The main objective of this study was to retrospectively evaluate the clinical and biological efficacy of PCC in this setting.
We reviewed the charts of all patients who had undergone cardiac surgery under CPB in our institution for 2 years. Patients treated for active bleeding with haemostatic therapy were identified. Chest tube blood loss was quantified postoperatively in the first 24 h. Coagulation parameters were recorded at intensive care unit admission and in the patient's first 24 h. Thromboembolic complications were also ascertained.
Seventy-seven patients out of the 677 studied (11.4%) were included: PCC was solely administered in 24 patients (group I), fresh frozen plasma in 26 (group II) and both in 27 (group III). The mean dose of PCC was 10.0 UI/kg ± 3.5 for group I vs 14.1 UI/kg ± 11.2 for group III (P = 0.09). Initial blood loss in the first hour was different between the three groups (P = 0.05): 224 ± 131 ml for group I, 369 ± 296 ml for group II and 434 ± 398 ml for group III. Only group I vs group III presented a significant difference (P = 0.02). Variations of blood loss over time were no different according to the treatment groups (P = 0.12). Reductions in blood loss expressed in percentage showed no difference between the three groups after 2 h: 54.5% (68.6–30.8) for group I; 45.0% (81.6–22.2) for group II; 57.6 (76.0–2.1) for group III; (P = 0.89). Re-exploration for bleeding involved 1 patient in group I (4%), 2 in group II (8%) and 10 in group III (37%) (P = 0.002). Except for fibrinogen, variations of prothrombin time, activated partial thromboplastin time and platelets with time were not different according to the treatment groups. Cerebral infarction occurred in one patient in group II.
Administration of low-dose of PCC significantly decreased postoperative bleeding after CPB.
Prothrombin complex concentrates; Bleeding; Cardiopulmonary bypass; Thromboembolic complications
Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) remains a leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide. In Denmark 2% of parturients receive blood transfusion. During the course of bleeding fibrinogen (coagulation factor I) may be depleted and fall to critically low levels, impairing haemostasis and thus worsening the ongoing bleeding. A plasma level of fibrinogen below 2 g/L in the early phase of postpartum haemorrhage is associated with subsequent development of severe haemorrhage. Use of fibrinogen concentrate allows high-dose substitution without the need for blood type crossmatch. So far no publications of randomised controlled trials involving acutely bleeding patients in the obstetrical setting have been published. This trial aims to investigate if early treatment with fibrinogen concentrate reduces the need for blood transfusion in women suffering severe PPH.
In this randomised placebo-controlled double-blind multicentre trial, parturients with primary PPH are eligible following vaginal delivery in case of: manual removal of placenta (blood loss ≥ 500 ml) or manual exploration of the uterus after the birth of placenta (blood loss ≥ 1000 ml). Caesarean sections are also eligible in case of perioperative blood loss ≥ 1000 ml. The exclusion criteria are known inherited haemostatic deficiencies, prepartum treatment with antithrombotics, pre-pregnancy weight <45 kg or refusal to receive blood transfusion. Following informed consent, patients are randomly allocated to either early treatment with 2 g fibrinogen concentrate or 100 ml isotonic saline (placebo). Haemostatic monitoring with standard laboratory coagulation tests and thromboelastography (TEG, functional fibrinogen and Rapid TEG) is performed during the initial 24 hours.
Primary outcome is the need for blood transfusion. To investigate a 33% reduction in the need for blood transfusion, a total of 245 patients will be included. Four university-affiliated public tertiary care hospitals will include patients during a two-year period. Adverse events including thrombosis are assessed in accordance with International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) good clinical practice (GCP).
A widespread belief in the benefits of early fibrinogen substitution in cases of PPH has led to increased off-label use. The FIB-PPH trial is investigator-initiated and aims to provide an evidence-based platform for the recommendations of the early use of fibrinogen concentrate in PPH.
Postpartum haemorrhage; Haemostasis; Blood transfusion; Fibrinogen concentrate; Obstetrics; Thrombelastography; Coagulation
Fibrinogen concentrations were determined in normal plasma and in plasma from patients with high and low levels. There was a good correlation between the results of a rapid semi-quantitative fibrinogen titre technique and those of a quantitative assay of coagulable fibrinogen. In normal subjects fibrinogen levels were not significantly influenced by taking blood into epsilon aminocaproic acid (EACA) or by the addition of protamine to plasma. In patients with the defibrination syndrome in whom increased plasma fibrinolysis was not detected, fibrinogen levels were not affected by taking blood into EACA but considerably increased levels were observed after the addition of protamine to plasma. In patients undergoing thrombolytic therapy the fibrinogen levels measured were increased both in blood taken into EACA and in plasma containing protamine. It is suggested that EACA acted by preventing lysis in vitro whilst protamine counteracted abnormal fibrin polymerization. The pattern of results may be of diagnostic importance.
Haemostatic therapy in surgical and/or massive trauma patients typically involves transfusion of fresh frozen plasma (FFP). Purified human fibrinogen concentrate may offer an alternative to FFP in some instances. In this systematic review, we investigated the current evidence for the use of FFP and fibrinogen concentrate in the perioperative or massive trauma setting.
Studies reporting the outcome (blood loss, transfusion requirement, length of stay, survival and plasma fibrinogen level) of FFP or fibrinogen concentrate administration to patients in a perioperative or massive trauma setting were identified in electronic databases (1995 to 2010). Studies were included regardless of type, patient age, sample size or duration of patient follow-up. Studies of patients with congenital clotting factor deficiencies or other haematological disorders were excluded. Studies were assessed for eligibility, and data were extracted and tabulated.
Ninety-one eligible studies (70 FFP and 21 fibrinogen concentrate) reported outcomes of interest. Few were high-quality prospective studies. Evidence for the efficacy of FFP was inconsistent across all assessed outcomes. Overall, FFP showed a positive effect for 28% of outcomes and a negative effect for 22% of outcomes. There was limited evidence that FFP reduced mortality: 50% of outcomes associated FFP with reduced mortality (typically trauma and/or massive bleeding), and 20% were associated with increased mortality (typically surgical and/or nonmassive bleeding). Five studies reported the outcome of fibrinogen concentrate versus a comparator. The evidence was consistently positive (70% of all outcomes), with no negative effects reported (0% of all outcomes). Fibrinogen concentrate was compared directly with FFP in three high-quality studies and was found to be superior for > 50% of outcomes in terms of reducing blood loss, allogeneic transfusion requirements, length of intensive care unit and hospital stay and increasing plasma fibrinogen levels. We found no fibrinogen concentrate comparator studies in patients with haemorrhage due to massive trauma, although efficacy across all assessed outcomes was reported in a number of noncomparator trauma studies.
The weight of evidence does not appear to support the clinical effectiveness of FFP for surgical and/or massive trauma patients and suggests it can be detrimental. Perioperatively, fibrinogen concentrate was generally associated with improved outcome measures, although more high-quality, prospective studies are required before any definitive conclusions can be drawn.
Afibrinogenemia is a rare bleeding disorder with an estimated prevalence of 1:1,000,000. It is an autosomal recessive disease resulting from mutations in any of the 3 genes that encode the 3 polypeptide chains of fibrinogen and are located on the long arm of chromosome 4. Spontaneous bleeding, bleeding after minor trauma and excessive bleeding during interventional procedures are the principal manifestations. We review the management of afibrinogenemia. Replacement therapy is the mainstay of treatment of bleeding episodes in these patients and plasma-derived fibrinogen concentrate is the agent of choice. Cryoprecipitate and fresh frozen plasma are alternative treatments that should be used only when fibrinogen concentrate is not available. Secondary prophylactic treatment may be considered after life-threatening bleeding whereas primary prophylactic treatment is not currently recommended. We also discuss alternative treatment options and the management of surgery, pregnancy and thrombosis in these patients. The development of new tests to identify higher risk patients and of safer replacement therapy will improve the management of afibrinogenemia in the future.
afibrinogenemia; fibrinogen concentrate; cryoprecipitate; fresh frozen plasma; rare bleeding disorders
Cessation of bleeding after trauma is a necessary evolutionary vertebrate adaption for survival. One of the major pathways regulating response to hemorrhage is the coagulation cascade, which ends with the cleavage of fibrinogen to form a stable clot. Patients with low or absent fibrinogen are at risk for bleeding. While much detailed information is known about fibrinogen regulation and function through studies of humans and mammalian models, bleeding risk in patients cannot always be accurately predicted purely based on fibrinogen levels, suggesting an influence of modifying factors and a need for additional genetic models. The zebrafish has orthologs to the three components of fibrinogen (fga, fgb, and fgg), but it hasn’t yet been shown that zebrafish fibrinogen functions to prevent bleeding in vivo. Here we show that zebrafish fibrinogen is incorporated into an induced thrombus, and deficiency results in hemorrhage. An Fgb-eGFP fusion protein is incorporated into a developing thrombus induced by laser injury, but causes bleeding in adult transgenic fish. Antisense morpholino knockdown results in intracranial and intramuscular hemorrhage at 3 days post fertilization. The observed phenotypes are consistent with symptoms exhibited by patients with hypo- and afibrinogenemia. These data demonstrate that zebrafish possess highly conserved orthologs of the fibrinogen chains, which function similarly to mammals through the formation of a fibrin clot.
The fibrinogen beta-chain (FGB) -C148T polymorphism is linked with plasma fibrinogen concentration in the general population. We examined whether the -C148T polymorphism is associated with pre- and early postoperative levels of fibrinogen, C-reactive protein (CRP), and interleukin-6 (IL-6) in 243 consecutive patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery. Plasma inflammatory markers were measured prior to and 5–7 days after surgery. The -C148T polymorphism was analyzed with the restriction fragment-length polymorphism method. The genotype distribution was as follows: CC—142 (58%), CT—85 (35%), and TT—16 (7%). Carriers of the -148T allele had higher preoperative plasma fibrinogen (4.42 ± 0.14 vs. 4.07 ± 0.11 mg/L, p = 0.04) and CRP levels (7.49 ± 1.2 vs. 4.26 ± 1.0 mg/L, p = 0.04) compared with non-carriers; 5 to 7 days after CABG, patients carrying -148T allele had increased CRP (70.4 ± 5.0 vs. 51.6 ± 4.25 mg/L, p = 0.005) and IL-6 levels (22.34 ± 2.64 vs. 15.53 ± 2.28 pg/L, p = 0.05), but not fibrinogen, compared with the remaining subjects. In-hospital nonfatal stroke occurred more frequently in -148T allele carriers (4% vs. 0%, p = 0.02). No genotype-associated differences were found in the occurrence of postoperative myocardial infarction and death. Presence of the -148T allele has also been associated with longer intensive care stay and intubation time (p = 0.01). Multivariate analysis identified the CT+TT genotype as an independent predictor of pre- and postoperative CRP levels. The results indicate that the presence of the -148T FGB allele determines higher pre- and postoperative levels of inflammatory markers, which might be associated with in-hospital clinical outcomes.
CABG; -C148T FGB polymorphism; inflammation; CRP; fibrinogen; IL-6
Disseminated intravascular coagulation causes thrombotic tendency leading to multiple organ failure and occurs in a wide variety of diseases including malignancy. Disseminated intravascular coagulation is a latent complication in people with prostate cancer.
A 51-year-old Japanese man with advanced castration-resistant prostate cancer was admitted to our hospital because of extensive purpura and severe anemia. Prolonged plasma coagulation time, hypofibrinogenemia and normal platelet count suggested that a decrease in fibrinogen induced a bleeding tendency causing purpura. However, elevated plasma levels of thrombin-antithrombin complex, fibrin and/or fibrinogen degradation products and D-dimers, with positive fibrin monomer test, manifested disseminated intravascular coagulation and subsequent fibrinolysis. Plasma levels of thrombin-antithrombin complex, fibrin and/or fibrinogen degradation products and D-dimers decreased after administration of low-molecular-weight heparin. However, low fibrinogen and α2-antiplasmin levels were not improved and plasmin-antiplasmin complex did not decrease, which revealed excessive fibrinolysis complicated with disseminated intravascular coagulation. We suspected that prostate cancer cell-derived urokinase-type plasminogen activator caused excessive fibrinolysis. Administration of tranexamic acid for fibrinogenolysis was added together with high-dose anti-androgen therapy (fosfestrol) for prostate cancer. Thereafter, prostate-specific antigen and plasmin-antiplasmin complex decreased, followed by normalized fibrinogen and α2-antiplasmin levels, and the patient eventually recovered from the bleeding tendency. Immunohistochemical staining of the biopsied prostate tissue exhibited that the prostate cancer cells produced tissue factor, the coagulation initiator, and urokinase-type plasminogen activator.
This patient with rare complications of disseminated intravascular coagulation and excessive fibrinolysis is a warning case of potential coagulation disorder onset in patients with prostate cancer. We propose that combined administration of tranexamic acid and low-molecular-weight heparin together with high-dose anti-androgen therapy is a useful therapeutic option for patients with this complicated coagulation disorder.
Castration-resistant prostate cancer; Disseminated intravascular coagulation; Excessive fibrinolysis; Low-molecular-weight heparin; Tranexamic acid
Simultaneous studies of albumin and fibrinogen metabolism have been conducted using the carbonate-14C method before and after a 13 day course of prednisolone in eight patients with hepatocellular disease. Initially six patients were hypoalbuminemic. The mean plasma albumin and fibrinogen concentrations and albumin and fibrinogen synthetic rates were all lower than the corresponding values in a group of control subjects. Prednisolone therapy was associated with significant increases in the plasma concentration and synthetic rate of albumin but changes in the intravascular albumin pools were not significant. It is inferred that a low synthetic rate of albumin in a patient with liver disease does not necessarily represent the maximum capacity of the diseased liver to synthesize this protein. Changes in the plasma concentration, intravascular pool, and synthetic rate of fibrinogen were small and inconsistent. The data are compatible with a selective action of corticosteroids on hepatic protein metabolism and with the existence of different mechanisms for the control of albumin and fibrinogen synthesis.
In this study the value of thrombin generation parameters measured by the Calibrated Automated Thrombography for prediction of blood loss after cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass was investigated.
Thirty male patients undergoing first-time coronary artery bypass grafting were enrolled. Blood samples were taken pre-bypass before heparinisation (T1) and 5 min after protamine administration (T2). Thrombin generation was measured both in platelet-rich plasma and in platelet-poor plasma. Besides thrombin generation measurements, activated clotting time, haematocrit, haemoglobin, platelet number, fibrinogen, antithrombin, D-dimers, prothrombin time and activated partial thromboplastin time were determined. Blood loss was measured and the amount of transfusion products was recorded postoperatively until 20 hours after surgery. Patients were divided into two groups based on the median volume of postoperative blood loss (group 1: patients with median blood loss <930 ml; group 2: patients with median blood loss ≥930 ml).
On T1, patients of group 2 had a significantly lower endogenous thrombin potential and peak thrombin (p<0.001 and p=0.004 respectively) in platelet-rich plasma, a significantly lower endogenous thrombin potential (p=0.004) and peak thrombin (p=0.014) in platelet-poor plasma, and a lower platelet count (p=0.002). On T2 both endogenous thrombin potential and peak thrombin remain significantly lower (p=0.011 and p=0.010) in group 2, measured in platelet-rich plasma but not in platelet-poor plasma. In addition, platelet number remains lower in group 2 after protamine administration (p=0.002).
The key finding is that the Calibrated Automated Thrombography assay, performed preoperatively, provides information predictive for blood loss after cardiac surgery.
Bleeding; Blood (anti)coagulation; Blood loss; Thrombin generation; CABG; CPB
To analyse the correlation between pre-treatment plasma fibrinogen levels and clinical–pathological parameters in patients with endometrial cancer and to assess the value of plasma fibrinogen as a prognostic parameter.
Within a retrospective multi-centre study, the records of 436 patients with endometrial cancer were reviewed and pre-treatment plasma fibrinogen levels were correlated with clinical–pathological parameters and patients' survival.
The mean (s.d.) pre-treatment plasma fibrinogen level was 388.9 (102.4) mg per 100 ml. Higher plasma fibrinogen levels were associated with advanced tumour stage (FIGO I vs II vs III and IV, P=0.002), unfavourable histological subtype (endometrioid vs non-endometrioid histology, P=0.03), and higher patients' age (⩽67 years vs >67 years, P=0.04), but not with higher histological grade (G1 vs G2 vs G3, P=0.2). In a multivariate analysis, tumour stage (P<0.001 and P<0.001), histological grade (P=0.009 and P=0.002), patients' age (P=0.001 and P<0.001), and pre-treatment plasma fibrinogen levels (P=0.04 and P=0.02) were associated with disease-free and overall survival, respectively.
Plasma fibrinogen levels can be used as an independent prognostic parameter for the disease-free and overall survival of patients with endometrial cancer.
fibrinogen; endometrial cancer; prognosis
Diabetes mellitus is associated with disturbances in haemostasis that could contribute to the development of thrombotic complications.The present study was undertaken to determine the behavior of coagulation variables and fibrinolytic system in diabetes mellitus. Forty five diabetic patients and forty five matched controls were evaluated by doing the following haemostatic parameter, prothrombin time, partial thromboplastin time, thrombin time, coagulation factors assay II, VII, IX, & plasma fibrinogen, ADP-induced platelet aggregation, protein C, a2- antiplasmin, PAI and FDPs. Generally diabetic patients have high levels of fibrinogen, a2- antiplasmin, & PAI and lower level of protein C. Other haemostatic parameters did not show statistically significant difference between diabetic patients and control group. Significantally elevated levels of PAI, a2- antiplasmin together with low protein C level in diabetic patients may result in the disturbance of haemostatic balance favoring thrombotic events. Conclusion: High levels of plasma fibrinogen, a2A- antiplasmin with low plasma protein C activity could lead to a prothrombotic tendency in insulin dependent diabetic patients. Moreover, in non-insulin dependent diabetic patients, the above mentioned parameters together with high levels of ADP-induced platelet aggregation and plasminogen activator inhibitor may increase the risk of thrombotic complications. Obesity can be considered as an additional risk factor for development of thrombosis in diabetic patients.
diabetes mellitus; haemostatic disturbances; coagulation factors; fibrinolytic system
The aim of the present study was to evaluate plasma total homocysteine (Hcys) and serum fibrinogen concentrations in subclinical hypothyroid (SH) and overt hypothyroid patients before and after L-thyroxine (LT4) replacement and to compare them in euthyroid subjects. Fifteen SH and 20 hypothyroid premenopausal women were recruited in the study. We measured fasting plasma levels of Hcys and serum levels of free thyroxine (fT4), free triiodothyronine (fT3), thyrotropin (TSH), folate, vitamin B12, fibrinogen, renal functions, and lipid profiles in patients with SH and overt hypothyroid patients before and after LT4 treatment. Eleven healthy women were included in the study as a control group. Pretreatment Hcys levels were similar in SH and control subjects, whereas mean fibrinogen level of SH patients was higher than that of control subjects (p<0.05). Baseline Hcys (p<0.01) and fibrinogen (p<0.001) levels of the overt hypothyroid patients were significantly higher than those of the healthy subjects, and the pretreatment Hcys levels decreased with LT4 treatment (p<0.001). In conclusion, our data support that SH is not associated with hyperhomocysteinemia and Hcys does not appear to contribute to the increased risk for atherosclerotic disease in patients with SH.
Hypothyroidism; Homocysteine and Fibrinogen
A 17 yr old female with a congenital bleeding disorder was found to suffer from dysfibrinogenemia. Whole blood and plasma coagulation times were delayed and thrombelastograms were grossly abnormal. Clottability of plasma fibrinogen by addition of thrombin was not demonstrated during the 30 min test period. Fibrinogen was revealed by turbidometric and immunologic techniques. Other coagulation factors were present in normal amounts and prothrombin activation was normal. Patient's plasma inhibited thrombin clotting times of normal plasma and purified normal fibrinogen. Fibrinolysis was not detected.
The plasma fibrinogen migrated normally on paper and cellulose acetate electrophoresis, but on immunoelectrophoresis it displayed a faster mobility than normal fibrinogen. On immunodiffusion the antigenic determinants were similar to those of normal fibrinogen. The patient's fibrinogen-antifibrinogen precipitins required longer to appear and the resultant precipitin was broader and hazier than those elicited with normal fibrinogen. These findings suggest the presence of two discrete populations of fibrinogen molecules.
Investigation of the family of the patient suggested that the defect has an autosomal dominant pattern of heredity. Immunologic comparisons of our patient's plasma and of her relatives with plasma of patients with “Fibrinogen Baltimore” and “Fibrinogen Cleveland” revealed certain differences in immunoelectrophoretic mobility as well as in immunodiffusion. In keeping with the nomenclatures of abnormal fibrinogens in the literature, we propose the term “Fibrinogen Detroit” for this fibrinogen.
Physicochemical properties of “Fibrinogen Detroit” were investigated also and compared with those of normal fibrinogen. Purified normal fibrinogen (clottability 96.7%) and “Fibrinogen Detroit” revealed homogeneity when studied by ultracentrifugation and immunoelectrophoresis. Native and cleaved “Fibrinogen Detroit” had the same sedimentation constants and molecular weights as the normal. In fresh samples. 3 moles of free SH groups/mole of fibrinogen were titrated in both. Determination of the amino acid composition revealed a decreased content of lysine, glucosamine, and galactosamine in abnormal fibrinogen. Total carbohydrates, protein-bound hexoses, sialic acid, and hexosamine were decreased in the abnormal fibrinogen.
In an investigation with Doctors Blombäck a specific molecular defect was revealed in the N-terminal disulfide knot of the alpha (A) chain in which the arginine at the 19th position was replaced by serine. It is believed that the substitution of a strongly basic amino acid with a neutral hydroxy acid may result in considerable conformational changes in the N-terminal disulfide knot of fibrinogen which might affect the “active site” for polymerization. The lower carbohydrate content observed in “Fibrinogen Detroit” may have been the result of a change in primary and tertiary structure of the protein.
Twenty-two patients with acute hepatic failure were studied to determine the incidence and magnitude of intravascular coagulation and fibrinolysis and their relation to the severity of bleeding and prognosis. The mean platelet count, Thrombotest, plasminogen activator, and plasminogen were reduced; the reduction in fibrinogen was not statistically significant. Fibrin/fibrinogen degradation products were only moderately increased. Hepatic fibrin deposition was not extensive, being present in 11 of 22 hepatic sections, more in areas of confluent necrosis than in the sinusoids. The combination of increased fibrin/fibrinogen degradation products with decreased plasminogen activator, plasminogen, and thrombocytopenia is consistent with a diagnosis of intravascular coagulation and secondary local fibrinolysis. However, neither of these processes was severe. Severity of bleeding was related only to plasminogen levels and prognosis only to Thrombotest levels. There was no relation between hepatic histological and haematological findings. Heparin therapy is not indicated in the routine management of acute hepatic failure, as intravascular coagulation is not severe and heparin may itself cause massive bleeding.
The rate of clotting and the rate of development and degree of turbidity after addition of thrombin to plasma or purified fibrinogen from a patient with fibrinogen Baltimore was delayed when compared with normal, especially in the presence of low concentrations of thrombin. Optimal coagulation and development of translucent, rather than opaque, clots occurred at a lower pH with the abnormal fibrinogen than with normal. Development of turbidity during clotting of the abnormal plasma or fibrinogen was less than normal at each pH tested, but was maximal in both at approximately pH 6.4. The physical quality of clots formed from fibrinogen Baltimore was abnormal, as demonstrated by a decreased amplitude on thromboelastography. The morphologic appearance of fibrin strands formed from fibrinogen Baltimore by thrombin at pH 7.4 was abnormal when examined by phase contrast or electron microscopy, but those formed by thrombin at pH 6.4 or by thrombin and calcium chloride were similar to, though less compact, than normal fibrin. The periodicity of fibrin formed from fibrinogen Baltimore was similar to normal and was 231-233 Å.
A study of the release of the fibrinopeptides from the patient's fibrinogen and its chromatographic subfractions verified the existence of both a normally behaving and a defective form of fibrinogen in the patient's plasma. The defective form differed from normal in three functionally different ways: (a) the rate of release of fibrinopeptides A and AP was slower than normal; (b) no visible clot formation accompanied either partial or complete release of the fibrinopeptides from the defective form in 0.3 M NaCl at pH 7.4; and (c) the defective component possessed a high proportion of phosphorylated, relative to nonphosphorylated, fibrinopeptide A, while the coagulable component contained very little of the phosphorylated peptide (AP). The high phosphate content of the defective component did not appear to be the cause of the abnormality, but may be the result of an associated metabolic or genetic phenomenon.
Congenital afibrinogenemia is a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by the complete absence of detectable fibrinogen. Uncontrolled bleeding after birth from the umbilical cord is common, and spontaneous intracerebral bleeding and splenic rupture can occur throughout life. Patients respond well to fibrinogen replacement therapy, either prophylactically or on demand. Because the half-life of infused fibrinogen is essentially normal, the genetic defect is assumed to be at the level of synthesis, but no responsible locus has been identified. Preliminary studies using Southern blotting suggested that no gross structural changes of the fibrinogen genes were present in patients. We report the identification of causative mutations in a nonconsanguineous Swiss family with congenital afibrinogenemia. The four affected male individuals (two brothers and their two first cousins) have homozygous deletions of ∼11 kb of the fibrinogen alpha-chain gene (FGA). Haplotype data suggest that these deletions occurred separately, on three distinct ancestral chromosomes, implying that the FGA region of the fibrinogen locus is susceptible to deletion by a common mechanism. Furthermore, our results demonstrate that humans, like mice, may be born without the capacity to synthesize functional fibrinogen.