Pharmacokinetics of tranexamic acid in patients undergoing cardiac surgery with use of cardiopulmonary bypass.


We conducted a study to assess pharmacokinetics of high-dose tranexamic acid for 24 h after administration of the drug in patients undergoing cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass. High-dose tranexamic acid involved a bolus of 30 infused over 15 min followed by a 16 .h(-1) infusion until chest closure with a 2 load within the pump prime. Tranexamic acid followed first-order kinetics best described using a two-compartment model, with a total body clearance that approximated the glomerular filtration rate. Mean plasma tranexamic acid concentrations during the intra-operative period and in the first 6 postoperative hours were consistently higher than the suggested threshold to achieve 100% inhibition and 80% inhibition of tissue plasminogen activator. With recent studies implicating high-dose tranexamic acid as a possible aetiology of postoperative seizures following cardiac surgery, the minimum effective yet safe dose of tranexamic acid in high-risk cardiac surgery needs to be refined.

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2044.2012.07266.x
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@article{Sharma2012PharmacokineticsOT, title={Pharmacokinetics of tranexamic acid in patients undergoing cardiac surgery with use of cardiopulmonary bypass.}, author={Vivek Kumar Sharma and Jianghong Fan and Angela Jerath and K. Sandy Pang and Barbara Bojko and Janusz Pawliszyn and Jacek M Karski and Terrence M. Yau and Stuart A. McCluskey and M Wąsowicz}, journal={Anaesthesia}, year={2012}, volume={67 11}, pages={1242-50} }