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Effect of tranexamic acid on markers of inflammation in children undergoing craniofacial surgery

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Background: Tranexamic acid (TXA) reduces blood loss and transfusion requirements during craniosynostosis surgery in small children. Possible interaction from TXA on the inflammatory system is unknown. Objective: To evaluate the effect of TXA on a wide range of inflammatory markers in children receiving TXA in a randomized, blinded, and placebo controlled study design. Methods: Thirty children undergoing craniosynostosis surgery with significant blood loss received TXA (bolus dose of 10 mg kg−1 followed by 8 hours continuous infusion of 3 mg kg−1 h−1) or placebo in a randomized, double-blinded study design. Using a new proximity extension assays employing a panel of inflammatory biomarkers samples was used for analysis of blood samples obtained pre-operatively, 4 and 24 hours after operation. Results: Ninety-two inflammatory parameters were measured. TXA did not affect any of the measured parameters as compared with placebo. Among 34 of the 92 pro- and antiinflammatory parameters investigated changes were observed between pre-operative, 4 or 24 hours, respectively, reflecting immune activation during surgical stress. Conclusion: TXA administration in a low-dose regimen including bolus followed by 8 hours infusion during craniosynostosis surgery did not change any of 92 inflammatory markers as compared with placebo.

Original languageEnglish
JournalActa Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
Pages (from-to)34-39
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

    Research areas

  • antifibrinolytic agents, craniosynostoses, fibrinolysis, haemorrhage, inflammation

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