Journal Article

Different effects of enoxaparin and unfractionated heparin on extrinsic blood coagulation during haemodialysis: a prospective study

Beata Naumnik, Jacek Borawski and Michał Myśliwiec

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation

Published on behalf of European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplant Assoc

Volume 18, issue 7, pages 1376-1382
Published in print July 2003 | ISSN: 0931-0509
Published online July 2003 | e-ISSN: 1460-2385 | DOI:
Different effects of enoxaparin and unfractionated heparin on extrinsic blood coagulation during haemodialysis: a prospective study

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Background. Heparin inhibits prothrombotic tissue factor (TF) and releases its inhibitor, tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI), from the endothelium, but repeated administration of heparin depletes vascular stores of TFPI. We studied the anticoagulant effects of unfractionated heparin (UFH) vs low‐molecular‐weight enoxaparin—used for thrice‐weekly maintenance haemodialysis (HD)—on plasma levels of total TF and TFPI and on those of an activated coagulation marker prothrombin fragment 1+2 (PF 1+2).

Methods. Twenty‐five patients dialysed using a single injection of enoxaparin (at a mean dose of 0.68 mg/kg) were randomly assigned to either receive UFH administered as a mean bolus of 42.1 IU/kg and continuous infusion of 57.8 IU/kg (n=12) or to be maintained on enoxaparin (n=13), and were followed prospectively for 12 weeks. Plasma immunoreactive TF, TFPI and PF 1+2 were measured at the start and after 10 and 180 min of HD, and compared with values in 15 healthy controls.

Results. Pre‐dialysis TF, TFPI and PF 1+2 were higher than normal (all P<0.0001). TF and PF 1+2 did not change, while TFPI levels, compared with baseline, increased at each interval in enoxaparin‐anticoagulated HD patients (all P<0.0001). TFPI increments correlated inversely with pre‐dialysis TFPI (both P<0.0007). In patients switched to UFH, TF levels remained unchanged compared with pre‐randomization values, TFPI increased at each interval of HD sessions (all P<0.035) and PF 1+2 increased pre‐dialysis (P=0.015). The over‐dialysis effects of UFH resembled those of enoxaparin. In contrast, baseline TFPI and its 10‐min rise correlated inversely with the UFH loading dose (both P<0.040). Pre‐dialysis PF 1+2 was inversely associated with TFPI increments (both P<0.034), and directly with pre‐dialysis TFPI (P=0.018) and the UFH loading dose (P=0.045).

Conclusions. Depletion of heparin‐releasable stores of TFPI is an untoward effect of repeated anticoagulation during maintenance HD therapy. The traditional UFH regimen is more prothrombotic than single enoxaparin injections, with high loading doses of UFH being involved in TFPI exhaustion and subsequent hypercoagulability.

Keywords: anticoagulation; enoxaparin; haemodialysis; tissue factor; tissue factor pathway inhibitor; unfractionated heparin

Journal Article.  4051 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Nephrology

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