Evaluation of coagulation assays versus LC-MS/MS for determinations of dabigatran concentrations in plasma.
ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Dabigatran is an oral direct thrombin inhibitor for which routine laboratory monitoring is currently not recommended. However, there are situations in which measurements of the drug and its effect are desirable. We therefore compared and validated different coagulation methods for assessments of dabigatran in clinical samples in relation to measurements of plasma dabigatran, without the purpose of establishing effective and safe concentrations of dabigatran in plasma. METHODS: Samples were obtained from 70 atrial fibrillation patients treated with dabigatran etexilate. Plasma concentrations were measured using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and were compared with coagulation methods Hemoclot thrombin inhibitors (HTI) and Ecarin clotting assay (ECA), as well as with prothrombin time-international normalized ratio (PT-INR) and activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT). RESULTS: A wide range of dabigatran concentrations was determined by LC-MS/MS (<0.5-586 ng/mL). Correlations between LC-MS/MS results and estimated concentrations were excellent for both HTI and ECA overall (r(2) = 0.97 and 0.96 respectively, p < 0.0001), but the precision and variability of these assays were not fully satisfactory in the low range of dabigatran plasma concentrations, in which ECA performed better than HTI. aPTT performed poorly, and was normal (<40 s) even with dabigatran levels of 60 ng/mL. PT-INR was normal even at supratherapeutic dabigatran concentrations. CONCLUSION: LC-MS/MS is the gold standard for measurements of dabigatran in plasma. Alternatively, either HTI or ECA assays may be used, but neither of these assays is dependable when monitoring low levels or to infer total absence of dabigatran. The aPTT assay is relatively insensitive to dabigatran, and normal aPTT results may be observed even with therapeutic dabigatran concentrations.
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ABSTRACT: The field of oral anticoagulation has evolved with the arrival of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) including an anti-IIa agent (dabigatran etexilate) and anti-Xa agents (rivaroxaban and apixaban). The main specificities of these drugs are predictable pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics but special attention should be paid in the elderly, in case of renal dysfunction and in case of emergency. In addition, their perioperative management is challenging, especially with the absence of specific antidotes. Effectively, periods of interruption before surgery or invasive procedures depend on half-life and keeping a permanent balance between bleeding and thromboembolic risks. In addition, few data regarding the link between plasma concentrations and their effects are provided. Routine laboratory tests are altered by NOACs and quantitative measurements are not widely performed. This paper provides a review on the management of NOACs in the perioperative setting, including the estimation of the bleeding and thrombotic risk, the periods of interruption, the indication of heparin bridging, the usefulness of laboratory tests before surgery or invasive procedure, and the time of resuming. Most data are based on expert’s opinions.BioMed Research International 09/2014; 2014(385014):16. · 2.71 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Introduction The oral direct thrombin inhibitor dabigatran is increasingly used to prevent thromboembolic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Routine laboratory monitoring is currently not recommended, but measurements of dabigatran and/or its effect are desirable in certain situations. We studied dabigatran exposure and compared different tests for monitoring of dabigatran in a real-life cohort of AF patients. Material and methods Ninety AF patients (68 ± 9 years, 67% men, mean CHADS2 score 1.5) were treated with dabigatran 150 (n = 73) or 110 mg BID (n = 17). Trough plasma concentrations of total and free dabigatran by liquid chromatography-tandem mass-spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) were compared to indirect measurements by Hemoclot thrombin inhibitors (HTI) and Ecarin clotting assay (ECA), as well as PT-INR and aPTT. Results Total plasma dabigatran varied 20-fold (12–237 ng/mL with 150 mg BID) and correlated well with free dabigatran (r2 = 0.93). There were strong correlations between LC-MS/MS and HTI or ECA (p < 0.001) but these assays were less accurate with dabigatran below 50 ng/mL. The aPTT assay was not dependable and PT-INR not useful at all. There were weak correlations between creatinine clearance (Cockcroft-Gault) and LC-MS/MS, HTI and ECA (p < 0.001 for all). A high body weight with normal kidney function was associated with low dabigatran levels. Conclusions HTI and ECA reflect the intensity of dabigatran anticoagulation, but LC-MS/MS is required to quantify low levels or infer absence of dabigatran. Most real life patients with a normal creatinine clearance had low dabigatran levels suggesting a low risk of bleeding but possibly limited protection against stroke.Thrombosis Research 01/2014; · 3.13 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Dabigatran, a new direct thrombin inhibitor, achieves strong anticoagulation that is more predictable than warfarin. Nevertheless, a patient on dabigatran therapy (DT) may suffer from thrombotic or bleeding events. The routine monitoring of DT is not recommended, and standard coagulation tests are not sensitive enough for the assessment of DT activity. The aim of this study was to examine the clinical usefulness of the Hemoclot(®) Thrombin Inhibitor (HTI) assay in the assessment of dabigatran plasma levels in patients with non-valvular AF. Nineteen patients (12 men, 7 women) on DT were included in this preliminary prospective observational study. Dabigatran was administrated twice daily in a two dose regimens: 150 mg (5 patients) and 110 mg (14 patients). Blood samples were taken for the assessment of trough and peak levels of dabigatran. Dabigatran concentrations were measured with the HTI assay. The average dabigatran trough level was 69.3 ± 55.5 ng/ml and the average dabigatran peak level was 112.7 ± 66.6 ng/ml. The dabigatran trough plasma concentration was in the established reference range in 15 patients and the dabigatran peak plasma concentration was in the established reference range in 9 patients, respectively. Despite the fact that the activated partial thromboplastin and thrombin times were generally changed (prolonged), these tests failed to identify the patients with too low or too high dabigatran concentrations. The study confirmed the high sensitivity of the HTI assay for the assessment of dabigatran plasma levels. When compared to standard coagulation tests, the HTI is a more suitable assay for the monitoring of patients treated with dabigatran. Monitoring of DT may be beneficial in selected patients; however, further studies will be needed for the final clarification of this issue.Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis 08/2014; · 1.99 Impact Factor