Department of Orthopedics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar, 751019 India. GRID: grid.413618.9. ISNI: 0000 0004 1767 6103 Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar, India. GRID: grid.413618.9. ISNI: 0000 0004 1767 6103 Department of Orthopaedics, Max Hospital, Mohali, India. GRID: grid.429234.a. ISNI: 0000 0004 1792 2175
PURPOSE Although numerous systematic reviews and meta-analyses have established the efficacy of tranexamic acid (TXA) in hip fracture surgeries, the included studies in those reviews have included all types of surgical interventions ranging from fixation to arthroplasty. Hip hemiarthroplasty is usually indicated in the elderly patients with femoral neck fracture and these patients have associated severe comorbidities and cognitive impairment.
These subsets of patients with femoral neck fracture needs appropriate perioperative care and judicious use of antifibrinolytics. There is no meta-analysis evaluating the safety and efficacy of intravenous TXA in these patients. METHODS Searches of PubMed, Embase and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials databases revealed 102 studies on TXA in hip fracture surgeries. After screening, eight studies were found to be suitable for review. The primary objective of this meta-analysis was to compare blood transfusion rate between TXA vs. control in hip hemiarthroplasty. The secondary objectives were total blood loss, postoperative haemoglobin, surgical duration, length of hospital stay and side effects (VTE, readmission and 30 days mortality). RESULTS There were one RCT, one prospective cohort study and six retrospective studies. All studies recruited the elderly patients. Intravenous (IV) TXA administration resulted in significant reduction in requirement of blood transfusion (12.7% vs. 31.9%; OR 0.28; 95% CI 0.17-0.46; p < 00,001; I (2) = 73%). The TXA group had significantly decreased total blood loss (MD - 100.31; 95% CI - 153.79, - 46.83; p < 0.0002). The postoperative Hb in the TXA group was significantly higher than the control group (MD 0.53; 95% CI 0.35, 0.71; p < 0.00001). There was no significant difference in the incidences of VTE (0.97% vs. 0.73%, OR 1.27; p = 0.81; I (2) = 64%) and readmission rate (9.2% vs. 9.64%; OR 0.79; p = 0.54), but 30-d mortality rate was significantly lower in the TXA group (3.41% vs. 6.04%; OR 0.66; p = 0.03). CONCLUSIONS Intravenous TXA is efficacious in the reduction of blood loss and transfusion need in hip hemiarthroplasty surgery for hip fracture, without increased risk of VTE. The blood conservation protocol led to decreased 30 days mortality in these fragile elderly patients. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE III.