Effect of tranexamic acid on gross hematuria: A pilot randomized clinical trial study

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Abstract

Objective

Local forms of the tranexamic acid have been effective in treating many haemorrhagic cases. So that the aim of the current study is to assess the effectiveness of local tranexamic acid in controlling painless hematuria in patients referred to the emergency department.

Methods

This is a randomized, double-blind clinical trial study, which was conducted on 50 patients with complaints of painless lower urinary tract bleeding during June 2014 and August 2015. The patients were randomly divided into two groups of 25 people each, one group receiving tranexamic acid and the other given a placebo. During bladder irrigation, local tranexamic acid and the placebo were injected into the bladder via Foley catheter. Patients were examined over 24 h in terms of the amount of normal saline serum used for irrigation, level of hemoglobin, and blood in urine.

Results

In this study it was observed that consumption of tranexamic acid significantly decreased the volume of used serum for bladder irrigation (P = 0.041) and the microscopic status of urine decreased significantly in terms of the hematuria after 24 h (P = 0.026). However, the rate of packed cell transfusion and drop in hemoglobin levels showed no significant difference in both groups of patients (P > 0.05).

Conclusion

The results of this study showed that tranexamic acid could significantly reduce the volume of required serum for bladder irrigation to clear urine, but it had no significant effect on the drop in serum hemoglobin levels.

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