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Effectiveness and Safety of Tranexamic Acid for Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial

Peng-Fei Shen, Wei-Lin Hou, Jian-Bo Chen, Bing Wang, Yu-Xing Qu

Department of Orthopedics, Changzhou Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, Changzhou, Jiangsu, China (mainland)

Med Sci Monit 2015; 21:576-581

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.892768

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Published: 2015-02-22


Background: Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is associated with significant perioperative blood loss and need for transfusion. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of tranexamic acid (TXA) to reduce perioperative blood loss in patients receiving TKA.
Material and Methods: A total of 92 patients who accepted unilateral TKA from May 2012 to May 2013 randomly received either 15 mg/kg TXA in 100 mL normal saline solution (TXA group, n=46) or the same amount of normal saline solution (placebo group, n=46) at 15 min before the tourniquet was loosened. The following data were recorded: intraoperative blood loss; post-operative drainage at 12 h; total drainage amount; hidden blood loss; total blood loss; transfusion volumes; number of transfusions; post-operative hemoglobin at 1, 3, and 5 days; D-dimer; number of lower limb ecchymoses; and deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Results: A total of 81 patients were available for analysis (TXA group, n=41; placebo group, n=40). Post-operative12-h drainage, post-operative 24-h D-dimer values, total drainage volume, hidden blood loss, total blood loss, and the rate of postoperative ecchymosis were lower in the TXA group than in the placebo group (p<0.05). The post-operative 3-day Hgb was higher in the TXA group than in the placebo group (p=0.000). The rate of transfusion and DVT was similar in both groups (n.s.).
Conclusions: Perioperative blood loss could be reduced after TKA by intravenously injecting 15 mg/kg TXA at 15 min before the tourniquet was loosened. The application of TXA is not associated with increased risk of DVT.

Keywords: Blood Loss, Surgical, Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee - adverse effects, Case-Control Studies, Demography, Prospective Studies, Tranexamic Acid - therapeutic use