Lack of usefulness of prolonged bleeding times in predicting hemorrhagic events in patients receiving the 7E3 glycoprotein IIb/IIIa platelet antibody Academic Article Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Angioplasty, Balloon, Coronary
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Drug-Eluting Stents
  • Heart Transplantation


  • Hemorrhagic events remain the most worrisome complication in patients receiving drugs that alter hemostasis for treatment of acute coronary syndromes. The 7E3 Fab monoclonal antibody provides a dose-dependent inhibition of platelet aggregation via the glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor. This study examines the correlation of hemostatic parameters with bleeding events in patients receiving intravenous 7E3 while enrolled in acute myocardial infarction and high-risk percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty pilot studies. Patients with acute myocardial infarction received 100 mg of tissue-type plasminogen activator over 3 hours followed by an escalating intravenous bolus dose of murine 7E3 (0.1 mg/kg [n = 5], 0.2 mg/kg [n = 22], 0.15 mg/kg [n = 13], 0.25 mg/kg [n = 20]). Patients in the high-risk angioplasty trial received a chimeric 7E3 bolus (up to 0.25 mg/kg) with (n = 32) or without (n = 15) intravenous continuous infusion of 7E3 (10 micrograms/min for 6 to 24 hours) after elective angioplasty. Patients in both studies received aspirin therapy (325 mg/day) and partial thromboplastin time-guided (1.5 to 2 times normal) heparin infusion. Bleeding events occurred in 34 of 124 patients (27%). The median template bleeding times (minutes) for patients in the groups with bleeding versus no bleeding events in the trials was 13.5 versus 14 and 30 versus 30, respectively (p = NS). In patients with myocardial infarction, a substantial decline in platelet count at 24 hours was associated with bleeding (p = 0.02).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

publication date

  • November 15, 1993



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0002-9149(93)90979-M

PubMed ID

  • 8237799

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