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Emergency management of major bleeding in a case of maxillofacial trauma and anticoagulation: utility of prothrombin complex concentrates in the shock room

Alessandro Morotti, Mauro Felice Frascisco
  • Mauro Felice Frascisco
    Department of Internal Medicine, San Luigi Hospital, University of Turin, Italy

Abstract

Life-threatening bleeding in anticoagulation with Warfarin is an emergency challenging issue. Several approaches are available to treat bleeding in either over-anticoagulation or propeanticoagulation, including vitamin K, fresh frozen plasma and prothrombin complex concentrates (PCC) administration. In coexisting trauma-induced bleeding and anticoagulation, reversal of anticoagulation must be a rapid and highly effective procedure. Furthermore the appropriate treatment must be directly available in each shock rooms to guarantee the rapid management of the emergency. PCC require a simple storage, rapid accessibility, fast administration procedures and high effectiveness. Here we report the utility of PCC in management of a craniofacial trauma in proper-anticoagulation.

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life-threatening bleeding, anticoagulation, prothrombin complex concentrates

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Submitted: 2014-10-04 09:32:13
Published: 2015-03-09 09:57:35
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