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HEPTEST: a suitable method for monitoring heparin during pregnancy.

Campbell, PJ; Tirvengadum, MA; Pickering, W; Cohen, H; Ryan, KE; (1999) HEPTEST: a suitable method for monitoring heparin during pregnancy. Clin Lab Haematol , 21 (3) pp. 193-199.

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Abstract

Methods of monitoring heparin in pregnancy are problematic. The aim of this study was to assess the plasma HEPTEST as a rapid and reliable test for heparin monitoring in pregnancy. HEPTEST, activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) and chromogenic anti-Xa assays were performed on individual heparin-spiked plasma samples from two groups: normal non-pregnant women (n = 6) and normal pregnant women during the third trimester (n = 6). Heparin activity curves were established in plasma from both groups for low (< 0.3 IU/ml), intermediate (0.3-0.7 IU/ml) and high (> 0.7 IU/ml) heparin concentrations and validated by comparison with the anti-Xa chromogenic assay. Both the APTT and HEPTEST demonstrated good correlation with anti-Xa levels across all heparin concentrations in both plasma groups (r range = 0.879-0.945). In comparison with the APTT, the HEPTEST showed better correlation with anti-Xa levels at low concentrations of heparin (r values 0.933 vs. 0.772, respectively). For both the APTT and HEPTEST there were significant differences between the clotting times in pregnant and non-pregnant plasma at a number of heparin concentrations. This data supports the plasma HEPTEST as an acceptable alternative to the chromogenic anti-Xa assay for monitoring heparin thromboprophylaxis in pregnancy.

Type: Article
Title: HEPTEST: a suitable method for monitoring heparin during pregnancy.
Location: England
Keywords: Adult, Biological Assay, Female, Heparin, Humans, Middle Aged, Monitoring, Physiologic, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Trimester, Third
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Cancer Institute
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Cancer Institute > Research Department of Haematology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1331398
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