Comparison of nafamostat mesilate and unfractionated heparin as anticoagulants during continuous renal replacement therapy

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Nafamostat mesilate (NM) can be used as a regional anticoagulant for continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). The primary aim of this study was to assess the association of the use of NM with risk of bleeding complications and compare it with the use of unfractionated heparin (UFH).


We conducted a single-center retrospective observational study. We included adult patients who required CRRT in our intensive care unit from 2011 to 2013. The primary outcome was the risk of bleeding complications during CRRT and the secondary outcome was filter life for the first filter of CRRT.


We included 101 patients (76 with NM, 25 with UFH). Among the 101 patients, use of NM tended to be associated with lower risk of bleeding complications (6.6% vs. 16%; odds ratio, 0.37; p = 0.16). Propensity score matching generated 30 patients with NM and 15 patients with UFH with well-balanced baseline characteristics. Among the propensity score-matched cohorts, use of NM was significantly associated with decreased risk of bleeding complications (3.3% vs. 27%; odds ratio, 0.09; p = 0.04). In multivariate logistic analysis using the inverse probability of treatment weighting for sensitive analysis, the use of NM was independently associated with reduced risk of bleeding complications (p = 0.02). The median filter life was not significantly different for patients with NM and patients with UFH (25.5 hours vs. 30.5 hours, p = 0.16).


In our retrospective analysis, the use of NM as an anticoagulant during CRRT was associated with decreased incidence of bleeding complications compared with the use of UFH.

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