Impact of prothrombin time–International Normalized Ratio on outcome of patients with septic shock receiving polymyxin B cartridge hemoperfusion

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Although most patients with septic shock have a poor outcome, some may survive after blood purification treatment such as polymyxin B cartridge hemoperfusion (PMX).


To explore the most significant characteristic associated with 28-day mortality in patients with septic shock receiving PMX.


Between April 2006 and March 2008, 116 patients with septic shock who had received PMX in a prospectively collected multicenter collaborative study were enrolled. Uni- and multivariate analyses using the Cox proportional hazard model were performed to assess the most significant clinical characteristic that was associated with 28-day mortality.


Among 33 clinicolaboratory characteristics, receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analyses selected 12 characteristics with recommended cutoff values such as HCO3− (≤19.8/>19.8; mEq/L), base excess (≤−5.35/>−5.35; mEq/L), diastolic blood pressure (≤48/>48 mmHg), mean arterial pressure (≤73/>73 mmHg), pH (≤7.29/>7.29), interleukin-6 (≤19,150/>19,150 pg/dL), prothrombin time–International Normalized Ratio (PT-INR; ≤2.05/>2.05), predictive value of Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II (APACHE II; ≤0.4/>0.4), pyruvate (≤1.82/>1.82 mg/dL), APACHE II score (≤21/>21), acetate/pyruvate ratio (≤19/>19), and acetate (≤44.8/>44.8 mg/dL) on the basis of large area under the ROC curves for 28-day mortality. The results of uni- and multivariate analyses using these selected characteristics revealed that only PT-INR (≤2.05/>2.05; hazard ratio, 2.823; 95% CI, 1.243–6.412; P = .013) was associated with 28-day mortality. Survival curve analysis demonstrated a significant difference in 28-day mortality between patients with lower (≤2.05) and higher (>2.05) PT-INR (P < .001).


Prolonged PT-INR is an independent risk factor for 28-day mortality in patients receiving PMX for septic shock.

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