Safety and efficacy of continuous infusion of a combined factor VIII - von Willebrand factor (vWF) concentrate (Haemate-P(TM)) in patients with von Willebrand disease

Aharon Lubetsky, Sam Schulman, David Varon, Uri Martinowitz, Gili Kenet, Sanford Gitel, Aida Inbal*

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Abstract

We studied the safety and efficacy of treatment with continuous infusion of a von Willebrand factor (vWF) concentrate Haemate-P in patients with von Willebrand disease (vWD). Three patients with mild and 5 patients with severe forms of vWD, were treated with continuous infusion of Haemate-P by minipump. The indications for treatment were: to prevent bleeding during 9 surgical procedures or 1 vaginal delivery in 6 patients and to treat 2 bleeding episodes in 2 patients. The patients were monitored daily for factor VIII (FVIII:C) and ristocetin cofactor (vWF:RCo) levels and the infusion rate was adjusted to maintain the desired therapeutic level of vWF:RCo. The treatment was effective in preventing surgical bleeding and controlling bleeding episodes. All factor VIII:C and most of the VWF:RCo levels measured during the study period were above the target therapeutic levels. A significant decrease in clearance of FVIII:C and vWF:RCo was observed over the treatment period. Haemate-P consumption averaged 24.3 ± 7.9 vWF:RCo U/kg/day which is approximately half the expected dose had intermittent bolus injections been used. We suggest that continuous Haemate-P infusion is superior to intermittent bolus injections for the treatment of vWD patients by virtue of its efficiency, simplicity and considerable savings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-233
Number of pages5
JournalThrombosis and Haemostasis
Volume81
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

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