Prediction of bleeding diathesis in patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass during cardiac surgery: viscoelastic measures versus routine coagulation test.
ABSTRACT Severe hemorrhagic tendency often complicates cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) in cardiac surgery. In this study, we compared the effectiveness of thromboelastography (TEG), Sonoclot (SCT), and routine coagulation test (RCT) in the prediction of coagulation defects.
Forty-three patients undergoing cardiac surgery with CPB were included. Blood for RCT, TEG, and SCT profiles was sampled before systemic heparinization and after protamine administration. Clinically significant bleeding was defined as chest tube drainage in excess of 100 ml/h for 3 consecutive hours or 300 ml/h in 1 h. All coagulation parameters obtained before and after CPB were compared. The sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, false positive, and false negative rate were also calculated and compared.
All coagulation tests were within normal range except higher partial thromboplastin time. Variables which were significantly different from those before CPB included platelet count, fibrinogen level, prothrombin time, and thrombin time in RCT, alpha angle and maximum amplitude in TEG, and R2 and peak time in SCT. In the TEG tracing, all variables had high sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy (average 85.4%, 83%, and 83.5% respectively) and low false positive and negative rate (12.5% and 5% respectively). Although SCT had high sensitivity (76.3%) and low false negative rate (6.5%), its specificity and accuracy were all under 50%.
Our data demonstrated that the TEG monitoring is a useful tool for detecting post-CPB bleeding diathesis and can provide much predictive information. RCT and SCT are of limited value because of higher rate of unreliable results.
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ABSTRACT: Protamine is routinely administered following cardiopulmonary bypass in order to neutralize the effects of heparin. An excess of protamine can contribute to coagulopathy, hence predisposing to bleeding with associated morbidity and mortality. Thromboelastography (TEG) is recognized as an invaluable bedside tool to detect coagulation parameters; however, the effects of protamine overdose on TEG parameters have not been fully established. Forty-six patients undergoing cardiac surgery using cardiopulmonary bypass were recruited in the study. Following heparinization, the patient's blood heparin level was measured using Hepcon HMS. Incremental doses of protamine [at a protamine-to-Hepcon-derived heparin ratio (PHR) of 1:1, 2:1 and 3:1] were added to patients' blood samples in vitro and four TEG coagulation parameters, including R (time to clot initiation), K (clot kinetics), alpha (clot kinetics) and maximum amplitude (ultimate clot strength), were monitored. Statistical analysis was performed using NCSS software. Protamine caused dose-dependent worsening of coagulation parameters on TEG; K was significantly elevated, whereas alpha and maximum amplitude showed significant reduction (P < 0.001) compared with baseline at a PHR of 2:1 and 3:1, respectively. R was significantly prolonged compared with baseline (P < 0.001) at a PHR of 3:1. Protamine adversely affects clot initiation time, clot kinetics and platelet function in a dose-dependent manner, which can predispose to bleeding.European Journal of Anaesthesiology 07/2010; 27(7):624-7. · 2.79 Impact Factor
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