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17 December 2015 : Original article  

Is Hydroxyethyl Starch Irrelevant to Hemostasis in Patients Undergoing Liver Transplantation? – In vitro Analysis Based on Thromboelastometry

Barbara NicińskaABCDEF, Jan PlutaABCDEF, Marcin KołaczCDE, Beata ŁągiewskaBCDE, Wojciech LisikCDE, Andrzej ChmuraDE, Janusz TrzebickiACDEFG

DOI: 10.12659/AOT.895691

Ann Transplant 2015; 20:747-751


BACKGROUND: Liver transplantation may be associated with severe bleeding that requires intensive fluid management. Aggressive fluid administration could result in hemodilution, triggering dilutional coagulopathy that intensifies bleeding. Colloids are plasma expanders used in daily practice. Fibrinogen, malfunctioning in liver cirrhosis, is the earliest decreasing clotting factor while bleeding. Fibrinogen supplementation is recommended as the first-choice therapy in such cases. Therefore, the influence of hemodilution on fibrin clot formation among patients with liver cirrhosis was analyzed, followed by the assessment of fibrinogen supplementation in clot restitution.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: Blood collected from 22 patients with post-inflammatory liver cirrhosis was diluted up to 30% and 60% with crystalloid (0.9% NaCl) or colloid (6% hydroxyethyl starch 130/0.4), followed by fibrinogen supplementation corresponding to an overall dose of 4 g. The influence of hemodilution on plasma fibrinogen concentration and on thromboelastometry FIBTEM test was analyzed, as well as the influence of fibrinogen supplementation.

RESULTS: Hemodilution lowers fibrinogen concentration and decreases fibrin clot formation. The higher the grade of dilution, the more profound the disturbances observed; 6% hydroxyethyl starch 130/0.4 cause more intense effect on fibrin clot formation than 0.9% NaCl. Fibrinogen supplementation improves fibrin clot formation as assessed in FIBTEM.

CONCLUSIONS: Fibrinogen supplementation among patients with liver cirrhosis might improve fibrin clot formation during hemodilution. Fibrinogen supplementation might by considered as a possible treatment of coagulopathy during liver transplantation, but further clinical studies need to be performed.

Keywords: Fibrinogen, Hemodilution, Hemostasis, Hydroxyethyl Starch Derivatives, Liver Transplantation

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