Saturday, 29 August 2020 09:28

Anticoagulation news items. Week commencing 17th and 24th August 2020

Perioperative oral eltrombopag versus intravenous immunoglobulin in patients with immune thrombocytopenia: a non-inferiority, multicentre, randomised trial

The Lancet Haematology

In this Canadian RCT (n=74) eltrombopag was non-inferior to IV immunoglobulin; with perioperative platelet targets achieved in 79% on eltrombopag and 61% on IV immunoglobulin (absolute risk difference 17.8%, p for non-inferiority=0.005). Eltrombopag was linked to 1 case of PE.


Pharmacological interventions for preventing clotting of extracorporeal circuits during continuous renal replacement therapy

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Current evidence (34 RCTs; n=1960) does not support overall superiority of any anticoagulant. Compared to unfractionated heparin, citrate probably reduces major bleeding and probably has little or no effect on preventing clotting or death at 28 days. Further studies are required.


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