Background. Aprotinin is a serine protease inhibitor that reduces blood loss and transfusion requirements when administered prophylactically to cardiac surgical patients. To examine the safety and dose-related efficacy of aprotinin, a prospective, multicenter, placebo-controlled trial was conducted in patients undergoing repeat coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Methods and Results: Two hundred eighty-seven patients were randomly assigned to receive either high-dose aprotinin, low-dose aprotinin, pump-prime-only aprotinin, or placebo. Drug efficacy was determined by the reduction in donor-blood transfusion up to postoperative day 12 and in postoperative thoracic-drainage volume. The percentage of patients requiring donor-red- blood-cell (RBC) transfusions in the high- and low-dose aprotinin groups was reduced compared with the pump-prime-only and placebo groups (high-dose aprotinin, 54%; low-dose aprotinin, 46%; pump-prime only, 72%; and placebo, 75%; overall P=.001). The number of units of donor RBCs transfused was significantly lower in the aprotinin-treated patients compared with placebo (high-dose aprotinin, 1.6±0.2 U; low-dose aprotinin, 1.6±0.3 U; pump- prime-only, 2.5±0.3 U; and placebo, 3.4±0.5 U; P=.0001). There was also a significant difference in total blood-product exposures among treatment groups (high-dose aprotinin, 2.2±0.4 U; low-dose aprotinin, 3.4±0.9 U; pump-prime-only, 5.1±0.9 U; placebo, 10.3±1.4 U). There were no differences among treatment groups for the incidence of perioperative myocardial infarction (MI). Conclusion. This study demonstrates that high- and low-dose aprotinin significantly reduces the requirement for donor blood transfusion in repeat CABG patients without increasing the risk for perioperative MI.
- cardiopulmonary bypass
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Physiology (medical)