Low-dose heparin in thoracic surgery: Effect on blood coagulation and fibrinolysis system

E. M. Pogliani, A. Vigo, E. Cofrancesco, M. Colombi, G. Cristoforetti, G. Marchetti, G. Vercesi, F. Radaelli

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Abstract

Plasma kallikrein, antithrombin III and antiplasmin were determined with chromogenic methods in 29 patients pre-, per-and post-operativety in a controlled, randomized study. 16 patients received calcium heparin, 5000 IU s.c. every 8 hr for 7 days, the first administration given 2 hr before surgical procedure. 13 control patients received saline. A significant reduction of kallikrein and antiplasmin in per-and post-operative periods was observed in the control patients compared with the heparin-treated patients, while there was a significant reduction of anti-thrombin III in the control patients compared with the treated patients only in the per-operative period. The results obtained suggest that activation of the coagulation and fibrinolysis system occurs in patients undergoing thoracic surgery, and that it is inhibited significantly by calcium heparin prophylaxis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-219
Number of pages9
JournalThrombosis Research
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 15 1982

Keywords

  • antiplasmin
  • antithrombin
  • chromogenic methods
  • Heparin
  • kallikrein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Hematology

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    Pogliani, E. M., Vigo, A., Cofrancesco, E., Colombi, M., Cristoforetti, G., Marchetti, G., Vercesi, G., & Radaelli, F. (1982). Low-dose heparin in thoracic surgery: Effect on blood coagulation and fibrinolysis system. Thrombosis Research, 27(2), 211-219. https://doi.org/10.1016/0049-3848(82)90201-8