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Platelet function recovery after ticagrelor withdrawal in patients awaiting urgent coronary surgery

Journal article
Authors Emma C. Hansson
Carl Johan Malm
Camilla Hesse
Björn Hornestam
Mikael Dellborg
Helena Rexius
Anders Jeppsson
Published in European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Volume 51
Issue 4
Pages 633-637
ISSN 1010-7940
Publication year 2017
Published at Institute of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine
Pages 633-637
Language en
Subject categories Clinical Medicine


OBJECTIVE: Dual antiplatelet therapy with ticagrelor and aspirin is associated with an increased risk of perioperative bleeding complications. Current guidelines recommend therefore discontinuation of ticagrelor 5 days before surgery to allow sufficient recovery of platelet function. It is not known how the time to recovery varies between individual patients after discontinuation of ticagrelor. METHODS: Twenty-five patients accepted for urgent coronary artery bypass surgery and treated with ticagrelor and aspirin were included in a prospective observational study. Platelet aggregation was evaluated with impedance aggregometry at five timepoints 12-96 h after discontinuation of ticagrelor. In a subset of patients (n = 15), we also tested the ex vivo efficacy of platelet concentrate supplementation on platelet aggregation. RESULTS: There was a gradual increase in mean adenosine diphosphate-induced platelet aggregation after discontinuation of ticagrelor. After 72 h, mean aggregation was 38 +/-23 aggregation units (U), which is above a previously suggested cut-off of 22 U, when patients can be operated without increased bleeding risk. However, there was a large interindividual variability (range 488 U at 72 h) and 6/24 patients (25%) had <22 U after 72 h. Ex vivo administration of platelet concentrate did not improve adenosine diphosphate-induced aggregation at any timepoint after ticagrelor discontinuation. CONCLUSIONS: Adenosine diphosphate-induced aggregation was acceptable after 72 h in the majority of patients but with a large interindividual variability. Due to the large variability, platelet function testing may prove to be a valuable tool in timing of surgery in patients with ongoing or recently stopped ticagrelor treatment. Adenosine diphosphate-induced aggregation was not improved by addition of platelet concentrate.

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