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Monitoring of Antiplatelet Therapy in Children on Ventricular Assist Device Support: Comparison of Multiplate and Thromboelastography Platelet Mapping

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Lee P. Ferguson, Phuoc Duong, Kim F. Pearce, Paul Murphy, Tina T. Biss

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-93
Number of pages10
JournalAsaio Journal
Issue number1
Accepted/In press1 Dec 2018
Published1 Jan 2019

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The optimal method for monitoring antiplatelet therapy in children supported with ventricular assist devices (VADs) is unknown. We conducted a retrospective study to compare Thromboelastography Platelet Mapping (TEG/PM) with multiple electrode platelet aggregometry (MEA) on a Multiplate analyzer (Roche Diagnostics, Mannheim, Germany). We analyzed data from 66 paired blood samples from 9 patients <16 years of age on VAD where platelet function was simultaneously measured with TEG/PM and MEA. Antiplatelet dose–response relationships and intraindividual variability during steady state therapy were determined. Agreement in determination of therapeutic antiplatelet therapy was poor (arachidonic acid, κ 0.23; adenosine diphosphate [ADP], κ 0.13). Rate of aspirin and clopidogrel resistance was much higher when determined using TEG/PM than MEA. In patients receiving ≥5 mg/kg/day aspirin, 72% of TEG/PM measurements showed subtherapeutic response compared with 11% of MEA measurements. There was evidence of a dose–response relationship with clopidogrel and MEA ADP-induced aggregation (R 2 = 0.56; p < 0.0001); however, there was no association between dose and TEG/PM% ADP inhibition (p = 0.15). Intraindividual variability in platelet reactivity was far greater when measured by TEG/PM during steady state therapy. Multiple electrode platelet aggregometry appears to be more reliable than TEG/PM for monitoring antiplatelet therapy in children supported with VAD.

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