Hemostasis in Liver Disease: Implications of New Concepts for Perioperative Management

Weeder, P. D., Porte, R. J. & Lisman, T., Jul-2014, In : Transfusion medicine reviews. 28, 3, p. 107-113 7 p.

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The hemostatic profile of patients with liver diseases is frequently profoundly different from that of healthy individuals. These complex alterations lead to abnormal results from routine laboratory tests, but because of the nature of these assays, they fail to accurately represent the patient's hemostatic state. Nevertheless, based on abnormal laboratory coagulation values, it has long been assumed that patients with liver disease have a natural bleeding tendency and are protected from thrombosis. This assumption is false; the average patient with liver disease is actually in a state of "rebalanced hemostasis" that can relatively easily be tipped toward both bleeding and thrombosis. The new paradigm of rebalanced hemostasis has strong implications for the clinic, which are presented in this review. There is no evidence that prophylactic transfusion of plasma helps to prevent procedure-related bleeding. In addition, the presence of independent risk factors such as poor kidney status or infections should be carefully assessed before invasive procedures. Furthermore, central venous pressure plays an important role in the risk of bleeding in patients with liver diseases, so during procedures, a restrictive infusion policy should be applied. Finally, thrombosis prophylaxis should not be withheld from patients with cirrhosis or acute liver failure, and clinicians should be alert to the possibility of thrombosis occurring in these patients. (C) 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-113
Number of pages7
JournalTransfusion medicine reviews
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul-2014


  • Blood coagulation disorders/blood, Blood coagulation disorders/etiology, Blood coagulation disorders/therapy, Evidence-based medicine, Hemostasis/physiology, Homeostasis/physiology, Humans, Liver diseases/blood, Liver diseases/complications, Liver diseases/therapy, PORTAL-VEIN THROMBOSIS, MOLECULAR-WEIGHT HEPARIN, CENTRAL VENOUS-PRESSURE, ACUTE LUNG INJURY, CONVENTIONAL COAGULATION TESTS, BLOOD-PRODUCT REQUIREMENTS, FRESH-FROZEN PLASMA, CIRRHOTIC-PATIENTS, BACTERIAL-INFECTION, CLINICAL CONSEQUENCES

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