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OBJECTIVE To assess the efficacy and safety of pooled human albumin solutions as part of fluid volume expansion and resuscitation (with or without improvement of baseline hypoalbuminaemia) in critically unwell adults with sepsis of any severity. DESIGN Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised clinical trials, with trial sequential analysis,(More)
ABO blood group is an important determinant of plasma von Willebrand factor antigen (VWF:Ag) levels, with lower levels in group O. Previous reports have suggested that ABO(H) sugars affect the susceptibility of VWF to ADAMTS13 (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin type-1 repeats-13) cleavage. To further test this hypothesis, we collected(More)
BACKGROUND Coagulation factor VIII (FVIII) deficiency leads to haemophilia A. Conversely, elevated plasma levels are a strong predictor of recurrent venous thromboemboli and pulmonary hypertension phenotypes in which in situ thromboses are implicated. Extrahepatic sources of plasma FVIII are implicated, but have remained elusive. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL(More)
BACKGROUND Elevated plasma levels of coagulation factor VIII are a strong risk factor for pulmonary emboli and deep venous thromboses. OBJECTIVES To identify reversible biomarkers associated with high factor VIII and assess potential significance in a specific at-risk population. PATIENTS/METHODS 609 patients with hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia(More)
To investigate whether the effect of ABO blood group on plasma von Willebrand factor (vWF) levels is mediated by the ABH antigenic determinants carried on N-linked glycans of vWF, we studied 158 group A and group O healthy volunteers. vWF antigen (vWF:Ag) and factor VIII antigen (FVIII:Ag) levels were highest in A(1)A(1) individuals and higher in A(1)O(1)(More)
BACKGROUND Recombinant FVIIa (rFVIIa/NovoSeven) is a novel hemostatic agent originally developed to treat patients with hemophilia who had developed inhibitors. Several case reports have suggested that rFVIIa may be effective in treating patients without a pre-existing bleeding disorder who have uncontrolled bleeding. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Data on the(More)
Previous reports on the effect of Secretor and Lewis blood groups on plasma factor VIII-von Willebrand factor (FVIII-VWF) levels have produced conflicting findings. To determine whether either or both loci can influence plasma FVIII-VWF complex levels, we studied the relationship between Secretor and Lewis genotypes, determined definitively using polymerase(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of markers of bone remodelling, and osteoclast activation/function in patients with monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS). We have measured serum levels of soluble RANKL (sRANKL), osteoprotegerin (OPG), macrophage inflammatory protein-1alpha (MIP-1alpha), markers of bone resorption(More)
Heritable bleeding and platelet disorders (BPD) are heterogeneous and frequently have an unknown genetic basis. The BRIDGE-BPD study aims to discover new causal genes for BPD by high throughput sequencing using cluster analyses based on improved and standardised deep, multi-system phenotyping of cases. We report a new approach in which the clinical and(More)
Inherited bleeding, thrombotic, and platelet disorders (BPDs) are diseases that affect ∼300 individuals per million births. With the exception of hemophilia and von Willebrand disease patients, a molecular analysis for patients with a BPD is often unavailable. Many specialized tests are usually required to reach a putative diagnosis and they are typically(More)