Evaluation of bleeding rates in renal transplant patients on therapeutic intravenous heparin.


BACKGROUND It is unknown whether coagulation properties differ between renal transplant and nontransplant patients. OBJECTIVE To assess whether renal transplant patients on intravenous (IV) heparin, titrated to therapeutic activated partial thromboplastin times (aPPT; 56-93 seconds), experienced a higher rate of bleeding compared to nontransplant patients. METHODS Twenty-nine renal transplant and 29 nontransplant patients receiving IV heparin for a deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, atrial fibrillation, or acute coronary syndrome were randomly identified through a retrospective chart review. RESULTS Renal transplant patients had higher bleeding rates on IV heparin therapy compared to nontransplant patients (31% vs 6.9%, respectively; P = .041). Renal transplant patients experienced a drop in hemoglobin of at least 1 g/dL or the need for a transfusion more often then nontransplant patients (69% vs 45%, respectively; P = .111), although the difference was not statistically significant. CONCLUSIONS Further research is necessary to identify the factors contributing to increased rates of bleeding in renal transplant patients on IV heparin and to determine the ideal aPTT to appropriately balance anticoagulation in renal transplant patients.

DOI: 10.1310/hpj4811-936

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@article{Ringenberg2013EvaluationOB, title={Evaluation of bleeding rates in renal transplant patients on therapeutic intravenous heparin.}, author={Theresa Ringenberg and Heather Desanto and Yekaterina Opsha and Jennifer Costello and Daryl S. Schiller}, journal={Hospital pharmacy}, year={2013}, volume={48 11}, pages={936-57} }