Effective tranexamic acid concentration for 95% inhibition of tissue-type plasminogen activator induced hyperfibrinolysis in children with congenital heart disease: A prospective, controlled, in-vitro study

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Abstract

BACKGROUND

Although recent studies have assessed tranexamic acid (TXA) pharmacokinetics in different subgroups, the effective concentration of TXA required to completely inhibit fibrinolysis remains to be determined.

OBJECTIVE

An in-vitro determination of the effective TXA concentration needed for 95% inhibition (EC95) of tissue-type plasminogen activator (t-PA) activated fibrinolysis, using an experimental model designed for thromboelastometry (ROTEM).

DESIGN

A prospective interventional study.

SETTING

Department of Anaesthesiology, Queen Fabiola Children's University Hospital and Laboratory of Haematology and Haemostasis, Brugmann University Hospital. Patients were enrolled between June 2013 and October 2014.

PATIENTS AND VOLUNTEERS

Twenty children, aged between 1 and 10 years, undergoing elective cardiac catheterisation were included (10 with cyanotic and 10 with noncyanotic diseases). Exclusion criteria were child requiring a procedure in a moribund state. Ten adult volunteers were also included as controls.

INTERVENTION

Citrated whole blood samples were obtained from children and volunteers.

MAIN OUTCOMES MEASURES

The extrinsic coagulation pathway was activated by tissue factor using the EXTEM test on ROTEM. The degree of lysis measured 30 min (LI30) after the clotting time (CT), and clot amplitudes measured at different times were recorded at baseline, after addition of 1535 units t-PA ml−1, and following the addition of increasing TXA concentrations in t-PA activated samples.

RESULTS

The concentration-effect analysis performed with lysis index after 30 min (LI30) allowed the determination of TXA efficacy concentration 50% (EC50), and calculation of the EC95, which was significantly lower in cardiac surgery children than in adults [8.6 μg ml−1; 95% confidence interval (95% CI) 6.9 to 14.9 versus 11.3 μg ml−1; 95% CI 10.6 to 12.9, P < 0.001].

CONCLUSION

In this in-vitro study, we observed that the EC95 TXA concentration that completely inhibited t-PA induced hyperfibrinolysis in children with congenital heart was significantly lower than the concentration required in healthy adult volunteers. Further studies are needed to confirm that this plasma concentration can effectively inhibit fibrinolysis activation in children undergoing cardiac surgery.

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