Intraoperative Tranexamic Acid Reduces Blood Transfusion in Children Undergoing Craniosynostosis Surgery A Randomized Double-blind Study

ArticleinAnesthesiology 114(4):856-61 · February 2011with135 Reads
DOI: 10.1097/ALN.0b013e318210f9e3 · Source: PubMed
Surgical correction of craniosynostosis in children is associated with substantial intraoperative bleeding. Tranexamic acid (TXA) decreases intraoperative blood loss during cardiac or orthopedic surgery in children. We hypothesized that intraoperative TXA would reduce blood transfusion relative to placebo in patients pretreated with erythropoietin. Forty consecutive children, American Society of Anesthesiologists status 1 or 2, scheduled to undergo surgical correction of craniosynostosis were randomly assigned to receive either intravenous TXA or saline, 0.9%, intraoperatively. All children received preoperative erythropoietin (600 U/kg once a week for 3 weeks before surgery). Perioperative blood loss, number and volume of transfusions, percentage of children who underwent transfusion, and side effects were noted after surgery and at the end of the study. Surgeon satisfaction and cost of treatment were also recorded. There was no significant difference between groups in demographic or surgical data. In the TXA group, the volume of packed erythrocytes transfused was significantly reduced by 85% (from 11 to 1.6 ml/kg) intraoperatively and by 57% (from 16.6 to 7.2 ml/kg) throughout the study period (P < 0.05). Compared with the placebo group, the percentage of children requiring blood transfusion was lower in the TXA group during surgery (9 [45%] of 20 vs. 2 [11%] of 19 children; P < 0.05) and during the whole study period (14 [70%] of 20 vs. 7 [37%] of 19; P < 0.05). Preoperative and postoperative hematologic parameters were comparable in both groups. There were no adverse events. In children undergoing surgical correction of craniosynostosis and pretreated with erythropoietin, intraoperative TXA reduces the transfusion requirement.
    • "L'évaluation objective des pertes sanguines par le calcul de ces dernières selon une formule prédéfinie incluant le poids du patient, l'hématocrite pré et postopératoire et le volume de culots globulaires transfusés pourrait permettre, outre son intérêt dans l'optimisation de la stratégie transfusionnelle, de comparer les pertes sanguines entre différentes techniques chirurgicales, entre chirurgiens et même entre institutions et ainsi de fournir un outil intéressant en termes d'évaluation des pratiques et notamment des stratégies d'épargne transfusionnelle. Lors de chirurgies céphaliques ou extracéphaliques, d'autres auteurs se basent davantage sur les pertes sanguines mesurées (PSM) dans l'aspiration chirurgicale, éventuellement associées à la pesée des champs et des compresses chirurgicales, pour évaluer le saignement peropératoire [1,111213141516. L'évaluation des PSM est souvent biaisée et peu corrélée aux valeurs de l'hémoglobine et de l'hématocrite [2]. "
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    • "There is a lack of dose-response in published data in the literature, where described initial bolus dosage range from 10 mg/kg to 100 mg/kg TA. In ours, continuous infusion of TA was not used after bolus dose; however, others had used continuous infusion.[2124] "
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    • "Observed TXA concentrations (μg/mL) Individually post hoc-predicted TXA concentrations (μg/mL) Our simulations predicted that an optimal loading dose of 10 mg/kg over 15 min followed by a 5 mg/kg/h maintenance infusion produces steady-state TXA plasma concentrations above the presumed considered therapeutic threshold of 16 lg/mL, while reducing the initial high peaks observed with the larger dose of 50 mg/kg in our previous study [12]. Recently, similar low dosing regimens have been used in clinical studies and have shown good clinical effect [13]. However, clinical trials both in children and adults have revealed a wide variability in terms of bleeding and transfusion requirements following TXA administra- tion [12,16171819. "
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