Assessment of Hemostatic Profile in Neonates with Intrauterine Growth Restriction: A Systematic Review of Literature
Karapati E, Sokou R, Iliodromiti Z, Tsaousi M, Sulaj A, Tsantes AG, Petropoulou C, Pouliakis A, Tsantes AE, Boutsikou T, et al
Seminars in thrombosis and hemostasis. 2023
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) affects nearly 10 to 15% of pregnancies and is responsible for many short- and long-term adverse consequences, including hemostatic derangement. Both thrombotic and hemorrhagic events are described in the perinatal period in these neonates. The aim of this study was to systematically review the literature on the laboratory studies used to evaluate the hemostatic system of the IUGR small for gestational age neonate. We reviewed the current literature via PubMed and Scopus until September 2022. Following our inclusion/exclusion criteria, we finally included 60 studies in our review. Thrombocytopenia, characterized as hyporegenerative and a kinetic upshot of reduced platelet production due to in utero chronic hypoxia, was the main finding of most studies focusing on growth-restricted neonates, in most cases is mild and usually resolves spontaneously with the first 2 weeks of life. In regard to coagulation, growth-restricted newborns present with prolonged standard coagulation tests. Data regarding coagulation factors, fibrinolytic system, and anticoagulant proteins are scarce and conflicting, mainly due to confounding factors. As thromboelastography/rotational thromboelastometry (TEG/ROTEM) provides a more precise evaluation of the in vivo coagulation process compared with standard coagulation tests, its use in transfusion guidance is fundamental. Only one study regarding TEG/ROTEM was retrieved from this population, where no difference in ROTEM parameters compared with appropriate for gestational age neonates was found. Despite the laboratory aberrations, no correlation could be achieved with clinical manifestations of bleeding or thrombosis in the studies included. More studies are needed to assess hemostasis in IUGR neonates and guide targeted therapeutic interventions.
The Non-Activated Thromboelastometry (NATEM) Assay's Application among Adults and Neonatal/Pediatric Population: A Systematic Review
Georgiadou P, Sokou R, Tsantes AG, Parastatidou S, Konstantinidi A, Houhoula D, Kokoris S, Iacovidou N, Tsantes AE
Diagnostics (Basel, Switzerland). 2022;12(3)
The non-activated thromboelastometry (NATEM) assay is a point-of-care assay that can provide a comprehensive insight into the actual hemostatic mechanism. However, there are very limited data about its use in clinical practice. The aim of this study was to systematically review the literature for any data regarding the use of NATEM in several clinical settings. A systematic review of PubMed and Scopus databases was conducted through 20 January 2022 for studies evaluating the use of the NATEM assay in different clinical settings. The literature search yielded a total of 47 publications, 30 of which met the eligibility criteria for this review. Evaluation of NATEM's detecting ability for hemostasis disorders is limited in the literature. The results of the included studies indicate that NATEM seems to be a sensitive method for the detection of hyperfibrinolysis and may have an advantage in the diagnosis of hemostatic disorders. It could be more informative than the other ROTEM assays for detecting changes in coagulation parameters in patients who receive anticoagulants. However, the reported outcomes are highly varying among the included studies. NATEM has a high sensitivity to detect hypo- or hypercoagulability and provides a detailed insight into the whole hemostatic process from clot formation to clot breakdown. It could be a useful technique in variable fields of medicine, not only in adults, but also in pediatric and neonatal populations, to guide different hemostatic treatments and predict coagulation disorders or mortality/morbidity; this issue remains to be further investigated.
Fresh frozen plasma transfusion in the neonatal population: A systematic review
Sokou R, Parastatidou S, Konstantinidi A, Tsantes AG, Iacovidou N, Doxani C, Piovani D, Bonovas S, Stefanidis I, Zintzaras E, et al
Blood reviews. 2022;:100951
Although fresh frozen plasma (FFP) transfusions are common practice in neonatology, robust evidence on their use is lacking. The aim of this study was to systematically review the literature for data on the practice of FFP transfusions in neonates and their association with neonatal morbidity and mortality. The authors identified 40 studies, which met the inclusion criteria for this review. It was demonstrated that the practice of FFP transfusions significantly varies throughout the world. The majority of FFP transfusions are administered "prophylactically", without evidence of active bleeding. Although FFP transfusions may restore coagulation tests results, they do not alter the clinical outcome of the neonates. Reactions following transfusions are probably underestimated in neonates, often undiagnosed and thus, underreported. High quality RCTs aiming to evaluate the effectiveness of FFP in specific clinical conditions are urgently needed, as they could change long-standing FFP transfusion practices, and help reduce neonatal morbidity and mortality.
Hemostasis in Neonates with Perinatal Hypoxia-Laboratory Approach: A Systematic Review
Tsaousi M, Iliodromiti Z, Iacovidou N, Karapati E, Sulaj A, Tsantes AG, Petropoulou C, Boutsikou T, Tsantes AE, Sokou R
Seminars in thrombosis and hemostasis. 2022
Birth asphyxia, with an estimated prevalence of 1 to 6 per 1,000 live births, may lead to multiorgan dysfunction due to impaired oxygen and/or blood supply to various organ systems, including the hemostatic system. Coagulopathy, a common complication of perinatal asphyxia, has been described since the 1960s. The aim of this study was to systematically review the literature for records on the use of hemostasis tests in the evaluation of coagulation disorders, in neonates who had suffered from perinatal hypoxia or asphyxia. We identified published studies by searching PubMed and Scopus, up until April 2022. The literature search retrieved 37 articles fulfilling the inclusion criteria of the review. According to the bibliography, thrombocytopenia is commonly associated with perinatal hypoxia/asphyxia. The thrombocytopenia is usually described as mild and platelets return to normal levels by the 10th day of life. Additionally, hypoxic neonates usually present with a hypocoagulable profile, as reflected by the prolongation of standard coagulation tests, including prothrombin time, activated partial thromboplastin time, and international normalized ratio, findings commonly associated with disseminated intravascular coagulation, and by the reduction of the levels of the physiologic inhibition of coagulation system. A few studies thus far using ROTEM/TEG in hypoxic neonates have come to the same conclusion as well; hypoxic newborns seem to be characterized by a hypocoagulable profile compared with healthy neonates. It should be emphasized, however, that standard coagulation tests provide only a rough estimation of the true bleeding or thrombotic risk of hypoxic neonates. On the contrary, viscoelastic methods seem to be more precise in the early detection of hemostasis disorders in the neonatal population. However, until now, there was uncertainty as to the most appropriate coagulation assays for diagnosis and management of coagulation derangement in neonates with perinatal hypoxia indicating the need for further research on this field.
Pathogen Reduction Technologies and Their Impact on Metabolic and Functional Properties of Treated Platelet Concentrates: A Systematic Review
Tsalas S, Petrou E, Tsantes AG, Sokou R, Loukopoulou E, Houhoula D, Mantzios PG, Kriebardis AG, Tsantes AE
Seminars in thrombosis and hemostasis. 2022
Pathogen reduction technologies (PRTs) such as Mirasol and Intercept were developed to eliminate transfusion-transmitted infections. The impact of PRTs on platelet function during the storage period, their effect on platelet storage lesions, and the optimal storage duration following PRTs have not been clearly defined. The aim of this study was to systematically review the existing literature and investigate the impact of PRTs on functional alterations of PRT-treated platelets during the storage period. The authors identified 68 studies suitable to be included in this review. Despite the high heterogeneity in the literature, the results of the published studies indicate that PRTs may increase platelet metabolic activity, accelerate cell apoptosis, and enhance platelet activation, which can subsequently lead to a late exhaustion of activation potential and reduced aggregation response. However, these effects have a minor impact on platelet function during the early storage period and become more prominent beyond the fifth day of the storage period. Large in vivo trials are required to evaluate the effectiveness of PRT-treated platelets during the storage period and investigate whether their storage can be safely extended to more than 5 days, and up to the traditional 7-day storage period.