Role of Fibrinogen in Trauma-Induced Coagulopathy

Jonathan P. Meizoso, Ernest E. Moore, Fredric M. Pieracci, Rebecca A. Saberi, Arsen Ghasabyan, James Chandler, Nicholas Namias, Angela Sauaia

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BACKGROUND: Fibrinogen is the first coagulation factor to decrease after massive hemorrhage. European massive transfusion guidelines recommend early repletion of fibrinogen; however, this practice has not been widely adopted in the US. We hypothesize that hypofibrinogenemia is common at hospital arrival and is an integral component of trauma-induced coagulopathy. STUDY DESIGN: This study entailed review of a prospective observational database of adults meeting the highest-level activation criteria at an urban level 1 trauma center from 2014 through 2020. Resuscitation was initiated with 2:1 red blood cell (RBC) to fresh frozen plasma (FFP) ratios and continued subsequently with goal-directed thrombelastography. Hypofibrinogenemia was defined as fibrinogen below 150 mg/dL. Massive transfusion (MT) was defined as more than 10 units RBC or death after receiving at least 1 unit RBC over the first 6 hours of admission. RESULTS: Of 476 trauma activation patients, 70 (15%) were hypofibrinogenemic on admission, median age was 34 years, 78% were male, median New Injury Severity Score (NISS) was 25, and 72 patients died (15%). Admission fibrinogen level was an independent risk factor for MT (odds ratio [OR] 0.991, 95% CI 0.987-0.996]. After controlling for confounders, NISS (OR 1.034, 95% CI 1.017-1.052), systolic blood pressure (OR 0.991, 95% CI 0.983-0.998), thrombelastography angle (OR 0.925, 95% CI 0.896-0.954), and hyperfibrinolysis (OR 2.530, 95% CI 1.160-5.517) were associated with hypofibrinogenemia. Early cryoprecipitate administration resulted in the fastest correction of hypofibrinogenemia. CONCLUSION: Hypofibrinogenemia is common after severe injury and predicts MT. Cryoprecipitate transfusion results in the most expeditious correction. Earlier administration of cryoprecipitate should be considered in MT protocols.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)465-473
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American College of Surgeons
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2022
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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