Urgent surgery in patients with a recently implanted coronary drug-eluting stent: A phase II study of 'bridging' antiplatelet therapy with tirofiban during temporary withdrawal of clopidogrel

S. Savonitto, M. D'Urbano, M. Caracciolo, F. Barlocco, G. Mariani, M. Nichelatti, S. Klugmann, S. De Servi

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Abstract

BackgroundPatients with a recently implanted coronary drug-eluting stent (DES) who need urgent surgery are at increased risk of surgical bleeding unless clopidogrel is discontinued beforehand, but clopidogrel discontinuation has been associated with a high rate of adverse events due to stent thrombosis. This pilot study tested the hypothesis that the i.v. perioperative administration of the short-acting antiplatelet agent tirofiban allows the safe withdrawal of clopidogrel without increasing the rate of surgical bleeding.MethodsPhase II study with a Simon two-stage design.ResultsThirty patients with a recently implanted DES [median (range) 4 (1-12) months] and high-risk characteristics for stent thrombosis underwent urgent major surgery or eye surgery. Clopidogrel was to be withdrawn 5 days before surgery, and tirofiban started 24 h later, continued until 4 h before surgery, and resumed 2 h after surgery until oral clopidogrel was resumed. The use of aspirin was decided by the surgeon. There were no cases of death, myocardial infarction, stent thrombosis, or surgical re-exploration due to bleeding during the index admission, with a risk estimate of 0-11.6% (one-tail 97.5% CI). There was one case of thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) major and one of TIMI minor bleeding in the postoperative phase; another four patients were transfused without meeting the TIMI criteria for major or minor bleeding.ConclusionsIn patients with a recently implanted DES and high-risk characteristics for stent thrombosis needing urgent surgery, a 'bridging strategy' using i.v. tirofiban may allow temporary withdrawal of oral clopidogrel without increasing the risk of bleeding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-291
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Anaesthesia
Volume104
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

Keywords

  • Blood
  • Coagulation
  • Coronary occlusion
  • Heart
  • Preoperative period
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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