Impact of fibrinogen concentration in severely ill patients on mechanical properties of whole blood clots.
ABSTRACT Fibrinogen concentration influences mechanical and functional properties of the clot. The purpose of the present study was to identify threshold concentrations of fibrinogen resulting in relevant changes in whole blood clot elastic modulus and platelet contractile force, as well as plasma prothrombin time and activated partial thromboplastin time. We measured clot elastic modulus, platelet contractile force, and other hemostasis parameters in whole blood samples from 552 patients admitted to a surgical intensive care unit. Platelet contractile force and clot elastic modulus were measured using the Hemodyne apparatus. Fibrinogen levels were between less than 0.10 and 9.44 g/l, with a mean of 2.41 g/l. Mean platelet count was 203 x 10(9) l(-1), with a range of 16 x 10(9) l(-1) to 682 x 10(9) l(-1). High levels of fibrinogen result in improved mechanical stability and improved interaction of platelets with the fibrin network. Clot elastic modulus and platelet contractile force are correlated positively with plasma fibrinogen concentration. However, there was no threshold concentration or ceiling effect concerning the mechanical properties of the clots. In contrast, clotting time assays such as prothrombin time, thrombin time, or activated partial thromboplastin time are influenced by the fibrinogen concentration only at levels below 1 g/l. In linear regression analysis, clot elastic modulus was mainly influenced by fibrinogen concentration (F = 185.4, P < 0.0001), whereas platelet contractile force was influenced by fibrinogen (F = 197.0, P < 0.0001) and platelet count (F = 104.7, P < 0.0001). The present data show that 1 g/l is a threshold fibrinogen concentration for an effect on coagulation assays such as prothrombin time, thrombin time, or activated partial thromboplastin time, but increasing fibrinogen concentrations above this level results in further continuous improvement of mechanical properties of the whole blood clot.
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ABSTRACT: Highly sensitive methods for the assessment of clot structure can aid in our understanding of coagulation disorders and their risk factors. Rapid and simple clot diagnostic systems are also needed for directing treatment in a broad spectrum of cardiovascular diseases. Here we demonstrate a method for micro-elastometry, named resonant acoustic spectroscopy with optical vibrometry (RASOV), which measures the clot elastic modulus (CEM) from the intrinsic resonant frequency of a clot inside a microwell. We observed a high correlation between the CEM of human blood measured by RASOV and a commercial thromboelastograph (TEG), (R = 0.966). Unlike TEG, RASOV requires only 150 μL of sample and offers improved repeatability. Since CEM is known to primarily depend upon fibrin content and network structure, we investigated the CEM of purified clots formed with varying amounts of fibrinogen and thrombin. We found that RASOV was sensitive to changes of fibrinogen content (0.5-6 mg/mL), as well as to the amount of fibrinogen converted to fibrin during clot formation. We then simulated plasma hypercoagulability via hyperfibrinogenemia by spiking whole blood to 150 and 200% of normal fibrinogen levels, and subsequently found that RASOV could detect hyperfibrinogenemia-induced changes in CEM and distinguish these conditions from normal blood.Annals of Biomedical Engineering 05/2013; · 3.23 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was first to evaluate the clot capture efficiency and capture location of six currently-marketed vena cava filters in a physiological venous flow loop, using synthetic polyacrylamide hydrogel clots, which were intended to simulate actual blood clots. After observing a measured anomaly for one of the test filters, we redirected the focus of the study to identify the cause of poor clot capture performance for large synthetic hydrogel clots. We hypothesized that the uncharacteristic low clot capture efficiency observed when testing the outlying filter can be attributed to the inadvertent use of dense, stiff synthetic hydrogel clots, and not as a result of the filter design or filter orientation. To study this issue, sheep blood clots and polyacrylamide (PA) synthetic clots were injected into a mock venous flow loop containing a clinical inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, and their captures were observed. Testing was performed with clots of various diameters (3.2, 4.8, and 6.4 mm), length-to-diameter ratios (1:1, 3:1, 10:1), and stiffness. By adjusting the chemical formulation, PA clots were fabricated to be soft, moderately stiff, or stiff with elastic moduli of 805 ± 2, 1696 ± 10 and 3295 ± 37 Pa, respectively. In comparison, the elastic moduli for freshly prepared sheep blood clots were 1690 ± 360 Pa. The outlying filter had a design that was characterized by peripheral gaps (up to 14 mm) between its wire struts. While a low clot capture rate was observed using large, stiff synthetic clots, the filter effectively captured similarly sized sheep blood clots and soft PA clots. Because the stiffer synthetic clots remained straight when approaching the filter in the IVC model flow loop, they were more likely to pass between the peripheral filter struts, while the softer, physiological clots tended to fold and were captured by the filter. These experiments demonstrated that if synthetic clots are used as a surrogate for animal or human blood clots for in vitro evaluation of vena cava filters, the material properties (eg, elastic modulus) and dynamic behavior of the surrogate should first be assessed to ensure that they accurately mimic an actual blood clot within the body.Medical Devices: Evidence and Research 01/2013; 6:49-57.