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Concept: Antifibrinolytic


Evidence on prehospital administration of the antifibrinolytic tranexamic acid (TXA) in civilian trauma populations is scarce. The aim was to study whether prehospital TXA use in trauma patients was associated with improved outcomes.

Concepts: Hereditary angioedema, Antifibrinolytics, Tranexamic acid, Antifibrinolytic


INTRODUCTION: Hyperfibrinolysis is observed during and immediately after major orthopedic surgery. The kinetics and duration of this phase should be defined to adjust the duration of antifibrinolytic treatment with tranexamic acid (TXA). OBJECTIVE: We aimed to quantify the duration of postoperative fibrinolysis and to assess the biological impact of TXA administration. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fourteen patients undergoing total hip replacement (THR) and 10 patients undergoing total knee replacement (TKR) with tourniquet were included in an observational, prospective, single-center study. Among these patients, 7 THR patients and 5 TKR patients received TXA (15mg/kg IV intraoperatively, followed by continuous infusion of 15mg/kg/h until end of surgery, then every 4hours until 16±2hours after surgery). D-dimers, euglobulin lysis time (ELT), and thrombin generation time (TGT) were measured prior to surgery as well as 6, 18 and 24hours (H) after. RESULTS: No significant difference in ELT was observed between the groups. In contrast, D-dimers significantly increased postoperatively in patients not treated with TXA (p<0.001), while such an increase was prevented in patients receiving TXA, as measured at H0, H6, H18 and H24 after THR, and at H6 and H18 after TKR (p<0.001). No significant between-group change in TGT, was observed (peak thrombin and endogenous thrombin potential) all along the study. CONCLUSION: This study shows that fibrinolysis peaked 6hours after end of surgery and maintained about 18hours after surgery, as evidenced by an increase in D-dimers. When administered for up to 16±2hours after surgery, TXA reduced postoperative fibrinolysis.

Concepts: Hip replacement, Orthopedic surgery, Joint replacement, Knee replacement, Polyethylene, Antifibrinolytic, John Charnley


Tranexamic acid (TXA) is an antifibrinolytic drug used to reduce bleeding in mortality risk situations such as trauma, cardiovascular surgery, and orthopedic surgery. The objective is to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of TXA in reducing surgery bleeding in hip arthroplasty through a systematic review of literature.

Concepts: Carbon dioxide, Blood, Hip replacement, Orthopedic surgery, Joint replacement, Tranexamic acid, Antifibrinolytic, John Charnley


Tranexamic acid (TXA) is well-established as a versatile oral, intramuscular, and intravenous (IV) antifibrinolytic agent. However, the efficacy of IV TXA in reducing perioperative blood transfusion in spinal surgery is poorly documented.

Concepts: HIV, AIDS, Acid, Antifibrinolytics, Tranexamic acid, Blood transfusion, Antifibrinolytic


BACKGROUND: Tranexamic acid (TXA) is an antifibrinolytic drug used as a blood-sparing techniques in many surgical specialties. The principal objective of our meta-analysis was to review randomized, controlled trials (RCT) comparing total blood loss and the number of patients receiving allogeneic blood transfusions with and without the use of TXA for knee (TKA) and hip (THA) arthroplasty. METHODS: Studies were included if patients underwent primary unilateral TKA or THA; the study involved the comparison of a TXA treatment group to a control group who received either a placebo or no treatment at all; outcome measures included total blood loss TBL, number of patients receiving allogeneic blood transfusions, and/or incidence of thromboembolic complications; the study was a published or unpublished RCT from 1995 – July 2012. RESULTS: Data were tested for publication bias and statistical heterogeneity. Combined weighted mean differences in blood loss favoured TXA over control for TKA and THA patients respectively [ -1.149 (p < 0.001; 95% CI -1.298, -1.000), -0.504 (p < 0.001; 95% CI, -0.672, -0.336)]. Combined odds ratios favoured fewer patients requiring allogeneic transfusions for TKA and THA with the use of TXA respectively [0.145 (p < 0.001; 95% CI, 0.094, 0.223), 0.327 (p < 0.001; 95% CI, 0.208, 0.515)]. Combined odds ratios indicated no increased incidence of DVT with TXA use in TKA and THA respectively [1.030 (p = 0.946; 95% CI, 0.439, 2.420), 1.070 (p = 0.895; 95% CI, 0.393, 2.911)]. CONCLUSIONS: TXA should be considered for routine use in primary knee and hip arthroplasty to decrease blood loss.

Concepts: Epidemiology, Blood, Randomized controlled trial, Hematology, Hip replacement, Study heterogeneity, Blood transfusion, Antifibrinolytic


Hyperfibrinolysis has been observed in patients heavily transfused with solvent/detergent-treated pooled plasma (S/D plasma). We compared coagulation and fibrinolytic variables in blood containing S/D plasma with blood containing fresh-frozen plasma (FFP), with and without α2-antiplasmin or tranexamic acid (TXA) supplementation.

Concepts: Blood, Coagulation, Fibrinolysis, Antifibrinolytic, Thromboelastometry


Trauma is the leading cause of death among children aged 1-18. Studies indicate that better control of bleeding could potentially prevent 10-20% of trauma-related deaths. The antifibrinolytic agent tranexamic acid (TxA) has shown promise in haemorrhage control in adult trauma patients. However, information on the potential benefits of TxA in children remains sparse. This review proposes to evaluate the current uses, benefits and adverse effects of TxA in the bleeding paediatric trauma population.

Concepts: Death, Demography, Antifibrinolytics, Tranexamic acid, Antifibrinolytic


Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide. Tranexamic acid (TA), an antifibrinolytic drug, reduces bleeding and transfusion need in major surgery and trauma. In ongoing PPH following vaginal delivery, a high dose of TA decreases PPH volume and duration, as well as maternal morbidity, while early fibrinolysis is inhibited. In a large international trial, a TA single dose reduced mortality due to bleeding but not the hysterectomy rate. TA therapeutic dosages vary from 2.5 to 100 mg/kg and seizures, visual disturbances and nausea are observed with the highest dosages. TA efficiency and optimal dosage in haemorrhagic caesarean section (CS) has not been yet determined. We hypothesise large variations in fibrinolytic activity during haemorrhagic caesarean section needing targeted TA doses for clinical and biological efficacy.

Concepts: Childbirth, Blood, Obstetrics, Dose, Bleeding, Caesarean section, Antifibrinolytic, Placenta accreta


Tranexamic acid is used both pre-hospital and in-hospital as an antifibrinolytic drug to treat or prevent hyperfibrinolysis in trauma patients; dosing, however, remains empirical. We aimed to measure plasma levels of tranexamic acid in patients receiving pre-hospital anti-hyperfibrinolytic therapy and to build a population pharmacokinetic model to propose an optimised dosing regimen. Seventy-three trauma patients were enrolled and each received tranexamic acid 1 g intravenously pre-hospital. A blood sample was drawn after arrival in the emergency department, and we measured the plasma tranexamic acid concentration using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, and modelled the data using non-linear mixed effect modelling. Tranexamic acid was administered at a median (IQR [range]) time of 43 (30-55 [5-135]) min after trauma. Plasma tranexamic acid levels were determined on arrival at hospital, 57 (43-70 [20-148]) min after pre-hospital administration of the drug. The measured concentration was 28.7 (21.5-38.5 [8.7-89.0]) μ . Our subjects had sustained severe trauma; injury severity score 20 (16-29 [5-75]), including penetrating injury in 2.8% and isolated traumatic brain injury in 19.7%. The pharmacokinetics were ascribed a two-compartment open model with body-weight as the main covariate. As tranexamic acid concentrations may fall below therapeutic levels during initial hospital treatment, we propose additional dosing schemes to maintain a specific target blood concentration for as long as required. This is the first study to investigate plasma level and pharmacokinetics of tranexamic acid after pre-hospital administration in trauma patients. Our proposed dosing regimen could be used in subsequent clinical trials to better study efficacy and tolerance profiles with controlled blood concentrations.

Concepts: Pharmacology, Hospital, Traumatic brain injury, Pharmacokinetics, Blood plasma, Physical trauma, Injury Severity Score, Antifibrinolytic


The role of antifibrinolytics in trauma haemorrhage and early coagulopathy remains controversial with respect to patient selection, dosage, timing of treatment, and risk of thrombotic complications. This review presents our current understanding of the mechanisms of fibrinolysis in trauma, diagnostic evaluation, and the evidence base for treatment.

Concepts: Fibrinolysis, Dustin Thomason, Antifibrinolytic