, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 113-128
Date: 24 Feb 2010

Treatment of Coagulopathy in Intracranial Hemorrhage

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Opinion statement

Intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) complicated by coagulopathy is a medical emergency, which can delay neurosurgical intervention, lead to larger hematoma size, and increase mortality until the coagulopathy is corrected. Prompt recognition of coagulopathy during ICH is essential for correct, rapid treatment to reduce ongoing bleeding and improve survival. The proper treatment of a coagulopathic ICH patient is centered on rapid identification of the coagulopathic defect and correction of the underlying coagulopathy to stop acute bleeding. Patients with coagulopathic ICH require admission to a neuro-intensive unit care with management of airway, oxygenation, and systemic arterial and cerebral perfusion pressure; optimization of serum glucose; aggressive treatment of fever; and rehabilitation. Once the coagulopathic defect is reversed, some patients benefit from emergent neurosurgical intervention to prevent secondary brain injury from raised intracranial pressure, hydrocephalus, or mass effect. The management of ICH patients prescribed common antithrombotics such as aspirin, clopidogrel, warfarin, or heparin, as well as thrombolytic agents such as tissue plasminogen activator, is the focus of this review.