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Haemostatic Changes during Dialysis Associated with Thrombus Formation on Dialysis Membranes

Br Med J 1972; 4 doi: (Published 25 November 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;4:454

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  1. R. M. Lindsay,
  2. C. R. M. Prentice,
  3. J. F. Davidson,
  4. J. A. Burton,
  5. G. P. McNicol


    Platelet counts, coagulation factors, and the fibrinolytic system were studied in seven regular dialysis patients during the course of haemodialysis by parallel flow (Gambro-Alwall) and coil (Travenol Ultra-Flo 100) dialysers. Significant falls in the patients' platelet counts and rises in their factor V levels were found with both dialysis systems. The changes were more pronounced over the course of a Gambro-Alwall dialysis, when significant falls in the partial thromboplastin clotting time and in the plasminogen levels were also noted. These haemostatic changes were associated with the retention of platelets on the dialysis membranes and, in the case of the Gambro-Alwall dialyser, with the formation of platelet-fibrin thrombus. This thrombus formation may take place in spite of efficient heparin anticoagulation and may cause excessive blood loss to the regular dialysis patient.