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Treatment of Dabigatran-Associated Bleeding: Case Report and Review of the Literature.
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PMID:  23160864     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Dabigatran etexilate is a competitive, direct thrombin inhibitor that works in the coagulation cascade to ultimately prevent thrombus formation. It is recommended by the 2012 American College of Chest Physicians evidence-based clinical practice guidelines as first-line therapy over vitamin k antagonists for long-term antithrombotic therapy in patients with paroxysmal or persistent nonrheumatic atrial fibrillation who are at intermediate to high risk of stroke and systemic embolism (grade 2B). However, serious postmarketing events involving life-threatening bleeding are emerging with no antidote for reversal of the anticoagulant effect being available for use. Potential reversal agents are being used in clinical practice with questionable efficacy and safety profiles. We report a case involving an 84-year-old male with acute kidney injury who developed life-threatening gastrointestinal and surgical site bleeding secondary to dabigatran accumulation. Use of the Naranjo probability scale indicated a probable cause between the bleeding event and dabigatran use. After discontinuation of drug therapy, fresh frozen plasma, recombinant coagulation factor VIIa, and cryoprecipitate were administered as potential reversal agents with negligible benefit. However, this patient appeared to slowly benefit with administration of continuous venovenous hemodialysis. Based upon our experience with this patient and literature review, the most effective treatment algorithm for dabigatran-associated bleeding may be to utilize hemodialysis initially.
Lisa M Harinstein; Joseph W Morgan; Nicholas Russo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pharmacy practice     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1531-1937     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pharm Pract     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8900945     Medline TA:  J Pharm Pract     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Pharmacy, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA.
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