In nine patients with non-malignant diseases undergoing major upper abdominal surgery, the mechanism of the postoperative fibrinolytic shut-down was investigated because of its potential significance for postoperative deep vein thrombosis by employing new and specific methods for assessing and stimulating the fibrinolytic system. The shut-down was found to result from an impairment of the balance between tissue-type plasminogen activator, t-PA, and its recently discovered fast-acting inhibitor. In this balance, the t-PA antigen concentrations both in resting conditions and after stimulation evoked by desamino-D-arginine vasopressin (DDAVP) were found to be unchanged by surgery. However, there was a significant postoperative increase in t-PA inhibitor levels. The release of t-PA under the stimulus of DDAVP infusion overcame the postoperative shut-down of t-PA activity. However, DDAVP infusion was associated with potentially unfavourable increases in the Factor VIII/von Willebrand factor complex. The discovery of increased t-PA inhibitor in the postoperative period opens new possibilities for a rational approach to reduce or abolish the postoperative fibrinolytic shut-down.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||European Journal of Clinical Investigation|
|Publication status||Published - 1985|
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