In vitro investigation of the effects of exogenous sugammadex on coagulation in orthopedic surgical patients

Il Ok Lee, Young Sung Kim, Hae Wone Chang, Heezoo Kim, Byung Gun Lim, Mido Lee

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    Background: Previous studies have shown that sugammadex resulted in the prolongation of prothrombin time and activated partial thromboplastin time. In this study, we aimed to investigate the in vitro effects of exogenous sugammadex on the coagulation variables of whole blood in healthy patients who underwent orthopedic surgery. Methods: The effects of sugammadex on coagulations were assessed using thromboelastography (TEG) in kaolin-activated citrated blood samples taken from 14 healthy patients who underwent orthopedic surgery. The in vitro effects of three different concentrations of sugammadex (42, 193, and 301 μg mL -1 ) on the TEG profiles were compared with those of the control (0 μg mL -1 ). Previous studies indicated that these exogenous concentrations correspond to the approximate maximum plasma concentrations achieved after the administration of 4, 16, and 32 mg kg -1 sugammadex to healthy subjects. Results: Increased sugammadex concentrations were significantly associated with reduced coagulation, as evidenced by increases in reaction time (r), coagulation time, and time to maximum rate of thrombus generation (TMRTG), and decreases in the angle, maximum amplitude, and maximum rate of thrombus generation. Compared with the control, the median percentage change (interquartile range) in the TEG values of the samples treated with the highest exogenous sugammadex concentration was the greatest for r, 53% (26, 67.3%), and TMRTG, 48% (26, 59%). Conclusions: This in vitro study suggests that supratherapeutic doses of exogenous sugammadex might be associated with moderate hypocoagulation in the whole blood of healthy subjects.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number56
    JournalBMC Anesthesiology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2018 May 24


    • Blood coagulation
    • Sugammadex
    • Thromboelastography

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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