Impact of rivaroxaban on point-of-care assays.

Fontana, Pierre; Alberio, Lorenzo; Angelillo-Scherrer, Anne; Asmis, Lars M; Korte, Wolfgang; Mendez, Adriana; Schmid, Pirmin; Stricker, Hans; Studt, Jan-Dirk; Tsakiris, Dimitrios A; Wuillemin, Walter A; Nagler, Michael (2017). Impact of rivaroxaban on point-of-care assays. Thrombosis research, 153, pp. 65-70. Elsevier 10.1016/j.thromres.2017.03.019

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Point-of-care testing (POCT) is regularly used to assess haemostasis in various clinical settings. The impact of rivaroxaban on those POCT is still elusive. We aimed to study the effects of rivaroxaban on most commonly used POCT assays.


Blood samples were taken before, 3h, and 24h after administration of 20mg rivaroxaban to 20 healthy volunteers as part of a prospective, multicenter validation study (clinicaltrials.govNCT01710267). Blood samples were analysed with thromboelastometry (ROTEM®), two platelet function assays (INNOVANCE® PFA-200 and Multiplate®), and the CoaguChek® XS. Rivaroxaban plasma levels were determined using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry.


Rivaroxaban significantly modified some thromboelastometry parameters (CT INTEM: mean difference 56.1s, 95% CI: 41.8, 70.3; CT EXTEM: 47.5s, 95% CI: 37.8, 57.1; CT HEPTEM: 50.1s, 95% CI: 34.7, 65.6), and CoaguChek® XS parameters (prothrombin time: mean difference 3.8s, 95% CI: 3.3, 4.2; INR: 0.32, 95% CI: 0.27, 0.38; prothrombin ratio: -36.1%, 95% CI: -32.3, -39.9). CT EXTEM and INR showed a moderate correlation with rivaroxaban plasma levels (r=0.83; 95% CI 0.69, 0.9 and r=0.83; 95% CI 0.70, 0.91, respectively) and a high sensitivity to detect rivaroxaban treatment at peak levels (0.95; 95% CI: 0.76, 1.0 and 0.90, 95% CI 0.70, 0.99, respectively).


Rivaroxaban 20mg treatment significantly alters ROTEM® and CoaguChek® XS parameters. Even though POCT do not allow precise quantification of rivaroxaban plasma concentration, CT EXTEM and CoaguChek XS detect the presence of rivaroxaban at peak level with a high sensitivity.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Haematology, Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Laboratory Medicine and Hospital Pharmacy (DOLS) > Clinic of Haematology and Central Haematological Laboratory
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > BioMedical Research (DBMR) > Unit Childrens Hospital > Forschungsgruppe Hämatologie (Erwachsene)

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Angelillo, Anne and Nagler, Michael


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Katrin Kölliker-Schütz

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06 Sep 2017 13:09

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