Rochelle Winikoff

CHU Sainte-Justine, Montréal, Quebec, Canada

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Publications (9)21.46 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) remains one of the leading causes of maternal morbidity and mortality worldwide, although the lack of a precise definition precludes accurate data of the absolute prevalence of PPH. An international expert panel in obstetrics, gynecology, hematology, transfusion, and anesthesiology undertook a comprehensive review of the literature. At a meeting in November 2011, the panel agreed on a definition of severe PPH that would identify those women who were at a high risk of adverse clinical outcomes. The panel agreed on the following definition for severe persistent (ongoing) PPH: "Active bleeding >1000 mL within the 24 hours following birth that continues despite the use of initial measures including first-line uterotonic agents and uterine massage." A treatment algorithm for severe persistent PPH was subsequently developed. Initial evaluations include measurement of blood loss and clinical assessments of PPH severity. Coagulation screens should be performed as soon as persistent (ongoing) PPH is diagnosed, to guide subsequent therapy. If initial measures fail to stop bleeding and uterine atony persists, second- and third-line (if required) interventions should be instated. These include mechanical or surgical maneuvers, i.e., intrauterine balloon tamponade or hemostatic brace sutures with hysterectomy as the final surgical option for uncontrollable PPH. Pharmacologic options include hemostatic agents (tranexamic acid), with timely transfusion of blood and plasma products playing an important role in persistent and severe PPH. Early, aggressive, and coordinated intervention by health care professionals is critical in minimizing blood loss to ensure optimal clinical outcomes in management of women with severe, persistent PPH.
    Transfusion 03/2014; · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Women with inherited bleeding disorders (IBD) require the input of a multidisciplinary team to improve outcomes of pregnancy. The role of the haemophilia nurse within the multidisciplinary team is to provide educational and emotional support to the women and to facilitate and co-ordinate patient-centred care. Prenatal diagnosis in cases of haemophilia is an integral part of the management of early pregnancy with a recent drive towards non-invasive prenatal diagnostic techniques. There is a current lack of data on the risk of miscarriage and bleeding complications during pregnancy. A clear association has only been established in women with fibrinogen and factor XIII deficiency. In the affected neonate with severe bleeding disorders such as haemophilia, the risk of head bleeding is significant, and appropriate management of labour and delivery has an important impact on reducing the risk. Women with IBD are at risk of both primary and secondary postpartum haemorrhage. Appropriate risk assessment and advance planning for haemostatic cover can reduce the bleeding risk
    Haemophilia 08/2013; 19(Suppl 4):1-10. · 3.17 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The bleeding patterns of severe von Willebrand's disease (VWD) adversely affect quality of life, and may be life threatening. There is a presumed role for prophylaxis with VWF-containing concentrates, but data are scarce. The von Willebrand Disease Prophylaxis Network (VWD PN) was formed to investigate the role of prophylaxis in clinically severe VWD that is not responsive to other treatment(s).Using a retrospective design, the effect of prophylaxis was studied. Availability of records to document, or reliably assess, the type and frequency of bleeding episodes prior to, and after, the initiation of prophylaxis was required. Annualized bleeding rates were calculated for the period prior to prophylaxis, during prophylaxis and by primary bleeding indication defined as the site accounting for more than half of all bleeding symptoms. The Wilcoxon signed-rank test of differences in the medians was used. Sixty-one subjects from 20 centres in 10 countries were enrolled. Data for 59 were used in the analysis. The median age at onset of prophylaxis was 22.4 years. Type 3 VWD accounted for the largest number (N = 34, 57.6%). Differences in bleeding rates within individuals during compared with before prophylaxis were significant for the total group (P < 0.0001), and for those with primary bleeding indications of epistaxis (P = 0.0005), joint bleeding (P = 0.002) and GI bleeding (P = 0.001). The effect of prophylaxis was similar among those age < 18 years and those ≥18. One person developed an inhibitor during treatment. We conclude that prophylactic treatment of VWD is efficacious.
    Haemophilia 07/2012; · 3.17 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Radiosynoviorthesis (RS) is an intra-articular injection of a radioactive colloid for the treatment of synovitis administered most often to patients with rheumatoid arthritis or haemophilia. Although highly cost-effective in comparison with surgical or arthroscopic synovectomy, the risk of cancer associated with this treatment is not well known. We evaluated the incidence of cancer in a group of patients treated with RS. A cohort of 2412 adult patients with a variety of underlying conditions (mainly rheumatoid arthritis) and treated with at least one RS between January 1976 and December 2001, was recruited from two centres in Montréal. Cancer incidence and mortality data for cohort members over that time period were obtained from regulatory agencies using linkage. Background rates for all and specific types of cancer were obtained for the provincial (Québec) and national (Canada) population according to age, gender and calendar period categories. Category-specific rates in the cohort were compared with rates in similar categories from the general population generating standardized incidence ratios (SIR). The effects of specific isotope doses and of number of RS treatments were analysed using a Cox-regression model. No increase in the risk of cancer was observed (SIR 0.96; 95% confidence interval 0.82-1.12). There was no dose-response relationship with the amount of radioisotope administered or number of RS treatments. The study provides some indication for the safety of the procedure but homogenous diagnostic groups of younger patients (such as haemophilic patients) receiving RS will need more evaluation.
    Haemophilia 04/2012; 18(5):805-9. · 3.17 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Acute menorrhagia is a common gynecological disorder. Prevalence is high among women with inherited bleeding disorders and recent guidance for optimal management is lacking. Following a comprehensive review of the literature, an international expert panel in obstetrics, gynecology and hematology reached consensus on recommendations regarding the management of acute menorrhagia in women without a diagnosed bleeding disorder, as well as in patients with von Willebrand disease, platelet function disorders and other rare hemostatic disorders. The causes and predictors of acute menorrhagia are discussed and special consideration is given for the treatment of women on anticoagulation therapy. This review and accompanying recommendations will provide guidance for healthcare practitioners in the emergency management of acute menorrhagia.
    European journal of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology 05/2011; 158(2):124-34. · 1.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Reproductive tract bleeding in women is a naturally occurring event during menstruation and childbirth. In women with menorrhagia, however, congenital bleeding disorders historically have been underdiagnosed. This consensus is intended to allow physicians to better recognize bleeding disorders as a cause of menorrhagia and consequently offer effective disease-specific therapies.
    American journal of obstetrics and gynecology 06/2009; 201(1):12.e1-8. · 3.28 Impact Factor
  • Chapter: The newborn
    H. Marijke van den Berg, Rochelle Winikoff
    Inherited Bleeding Disorders in Women, 02/2009: pages 163 - 175; , ISBN: 9781444303490
  • Inherited Bleeding Disorders in Women, 02/2009: pages 176 - 183; , ISBN: 9781444303490
  • R Winikoff, C Amesse, A James, C Lee, D Pollard
    Haemophilia 11/2004; 10 Suppl 4:196-204. · 3.17 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

50 Citations
21.46 Total Impact Points


  • 2004–2014
    • CHU Sainte-Justine
      • Department of Hematology-Oncology
      Montréal, Quebec, Canada
  • 2009–2011
    • Duke University Medical Center
      Durham, North Carolina, United States
    • Rochester General Hospital
      Rochester, New York, United States
    • Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda - Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico
      Milano, Lombardy, Italy