Are quality differences responsible for different adverse reactions reported for SD-plasma from USA and Europe?

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Thromboembolic adverse reactions reported after transfusion of SD-plasma in the United States (US) prompted us to perform a comparative study with SD-plasma from the US and the European (EU) market. In SD-plasma from US, residual tri-N-butyl phosphate was found, and citrate concentrations were lower than in EU-plasma. Except for substantial losses of FV, FVIII and antiplasmin found for all SD-plasmas, clotting factor activities were mainly retained. However, for SD-plasma from US, markedly elevated concentrations of lipoprotein (a) [Lp(a)], fibrin monomer and a particularly high degree of complement activation (C3a des-Arg) were observed. Furthermore, pronounced differences were found for protein S. Although SD-plasma pools from US contained nearly normal concentrations of free and bound protein S antigen, protein S activities were almost completely absent. In contrast to this, SD-plasma from EU showed a moderate loss of both protein S activity and free antigen. Antitrypsin inhibitor activities were much more diminished in SD-plasma from US than from EU. In view of a possible thrombogenicity of SD-plasma from US, the loss of protein S and elevated Lp(a) concentrations could be of significance. The very high levels of C3a des-Arg in US plasma could possibly have an additional effect, through priming platelet activation after transfusion.

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