Clinical practice for antiplatelet and anticoagulant therapy in neurosurgery: data from an Italian survey and summary of current recommendations – part I, antiplatelet therapy

Pietro Fiaschi, Corrado Iaccarino, Roberto Stefini, Enrico Prior, Alessandro Prior, Gianluigi Zona

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Abstract

The use of antiplatelet medication is widespread as reducing risk of death, myocardial infarction, and occlusive stroke. Currently, the management of neurosurgical patients receiving this type of therapy continues to be a problem of special importance. In this paper, we present the results of an Italian survey focused on the management neurosurgical patient under antiplatelet therapy and, for any item of the investigation, the relative advices coming from literature. This survey was conducted including 129 neurosurgery units in Italy. The present paper was designed by following each question posed in the survey by a brief discussion on literature data. There is a considerable lack of consensus regarding management of antiplatelet therapy in neurosurgery, with critical impact on patient’s treatment. What is clearly evident from the present survey is the considerable variability in neurosurgical care for antiplatelet patients; it is reasonable to assume that this scenario reflects the paucity of evidence regarding this issue.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNeurosurgical Review
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020

Keywords

  • Antiplatelet therapy
  • Hemostasis
  • ICH
  • Neurosurgery
  • Reversal therapy
  • TBI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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