Factor XIII in severe sepsis and septic shock

Zeerleder, Sacha; Schroeder, Verena; Lämmle, Bernhard; Wuillemin, Walter A; Hack, C Erik; Kohler, Hans Peter (2007). Factor XIII in severe sepsis and septic shock. Thrombosis research, 119(3), pp. 311-318. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.thromres.2006.02.003

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OBJECTIVE: In sepsis, activation of coagulation and inhibition of fibrinolysis lead to microvascular thrombosis. Thus, clot stability might be a critical issue in the development of multiple organ dysfunction syndrome. Activated FXIII (FXIIIa) forms stable fibrin clots by covalently cross-linking fibrin monomers. Therefore, we investigated the impact of FXIII antigen and activity levels on disease severity and fatality in sepsis patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: FXIII subunit A (FXIIIA) and FXIII cross-linking activity (FXIIICA) were measured in 151 controls, in 32 patients with severe sepsis and 8 with septic shock. In addition, FXIII subunit B (FXIIIB) was measured in the sepsis patients. Moreover, clotting parameters were determined. RESULTS: Patients suffering from sepsis (n=40) had significantly (p<0.005) lower FXIIIA levels (median [range]: 36.5% [8.8-127.4%]) and FXIIICA levels (76.5% [9.4-266%]) as compared to healthy controls (n=151, 119% [31.3-283.2] and 122.4% [40.6-485.3], respectively). No difference in FXIIIA, FXIIIB and FXIIICA levels between survivors and non-survivors, nor between patients with severe sepsis and septic shock was found. The specific activity of FXIII (FXIIICA/FXIIIA, SA(FXIII)) was significantly (p<0.001) higher in sepsis patients (2.0 [0.8-5.3]) as compared to healthy controls (1.0 [0.4-5.1]). SA(FXIII) significantly (p<0.05) increased with fatality (non-survivors [n=13] vs. survivors [n=27]: 3.3 [1.2-5.0] vs. 1.9 [0.8-5.3]) and disease severity (septic shock vs. severe sepsis: 3.4 [1.8-4.3] vs. 1.9 [0.8-5.3]). CONCLUSION: We show decreased FXIIICA and FXIIIA levels, but higher SA(FXIII) in sepsis as compared to controls. Increased SA(FXIII) correlates with disease severity and fatality in sepsis patients.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > BioMedical Research (DBMR) > Unit Childrens Hospital > Thromboselabor Kinderklinik [discontinued]
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Haematology, Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Laboratory Medicine and Hospital Pharmacy (DOLS) > Clinic of Haematology and Central Haematological Laboratory

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