Effects of PentaLyte® and Voluven® hemodilution on plasma coagulation kinetics in the rabbit: Role of thrombin-fibrinogen and factor XIII-fibrin polymer interactions

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Background: Hydroxyethyl starch (HES) administration has resulted in decreased hemostasis and fibrinogen (FI)-thrombin-(FIIa)-Factor XIII (FXIII) interactions. I proposed to determine the hemostatic effect of hemodilution with PentaLyte® (6% HES, mean molecular weight 220 kDa) and Voluven® (6% HES, 130 kDa). Methods: Rabbits were intravenously administered 20 ml/kg PentaLyte® or Voluven® (n = 8 per fluid) over 10 min. Plasma was obtained prior to, 1 min and 1 h after hemodilution. Thrombelastography was performed, with clot initiation (R, sec), clot propagation (α, degrees), and clot strength (shear elastic modulus, G, dynes/cm2) determined over 20 min. Celite-activated samples had either no additions or addition of FI, FIIa or activated FXIII (FXIIIa) to restore protein content to pre-diluted values. Results and conclusions: While there were no significant differences between the groups, R significantly decreased 1 h after hemodilution compared with values observed before and l min after hemodilution, whereas α and G significantly decreased 1 min after hemodilution and then significantly, but only partially, increased 1 h after hemodilution compared with predilution values. Addition of FI, FIIa and FXIIIa significantly decreased R in both groups, α and G 1 min after hemodilution were significantly enhanced by FI, FIIa, FXIIIa in both groups; however, 1 h after hemodilution, rabbits administered PentaLyte® had α and G enhanced only by FI and FXIIIa addition, whereas animals administered Voluven® had α and G significantly enhanced by FI addition. PentaLyte® and Voluven® hemodilution initially diminishes FIIa-FI and FXIIIa-fibrin, but within an hour primarily inhibit FXIIIa-fibrin interactions in the rabbit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1263-1271
Number of pages9
JournalActa Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
Issue number9
StatePublished - Oct 1 2005
Externally publishedYes



  • Coagulation
  • Factor XIII
  • Fibrinogen
  • Hemodilution
  • Hydroxyethyl starch
  • Monitoring
  • Thrombelastography
  • Thrombin

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  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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