Journal article

Coagulation abnormalities, bleeding, thrombosis, and management of patients with acute liver failure in Australia and New Zealand

Stephen Warrillow, Caleb Fisher, Heath Tibballs, Michael Bailey, Colin McArthur, Pia Lawson-Smith, Bheemasenachar Prasad, Matthew Anstey, Bala Venkatesh, Gemma Dashwood, James Walsham, Andrew Holt, Ubbo Wiersema, David Gattas, Matthew Zoeller, Mercedes Garcia Alvarez, Rinaldo Bellomo

JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY AND HEPATOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND AIM: To study the management of coagulation and hematological derangements among severe acute liver failure (ALF) patients in Australia and New Zealand liver transplant intensive care units (ICUs). METHODS: Analysis of key baseline characteristics, etiology, coagulation and hematological tests, use of blood products, thrombotic complications, and clinical outcomes during the first ICU week. RESULTS: We studied 62 ALF patients. The first day median peak international normalized ratio was 5.5 (inter-quartile range [IQR] 3.8-8.7), median longest activated partial thromboplastin time was 62 s (IQR 44-87), and median lowest fibrinogen was 1.1 (IQR 0.8-1.6) g/L. Fibrinogen was only ..

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