Fibrinogen concentrate for treatment of bleeding and surgical prophylaxis in congenital fibrinogen deficiency patients

Lissitchkov T., Madan B., Khayat C. D. , Zozulya N., Ross C., Karimi M., ...More

JOURNAL OF THROMBOSIS AND HAEMOSTASIS, vol.18, no.4, pp.815-824, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/jth.14727
  • Page Numbers: pp.815-824
  • Keywords: afibrinogenemia, fibrinogen, hemostasis, thrombelastography, surgical prophylaxis, SAFETY, EFFICACY, PHARMACOKINETICS, AFIBRINOGENEMIA


Background Congenital fibrinogen deficiency is an ultra-rare disorder in which patients can experience severe and/or frequent bleeding episodes (BEs). Here, we present the largest prospective study to date on the treatment of this disorder. Methods Hemostatic efficacy of human fibrinogen concentrate (HFC; FIBRYGA (R), Octapharma AG) for treatment of bleeding or surgical prophylaxis was assessed by investigators and adjudicated by an independent data monitoring and endpoint adjudication committee (IDMEAC) according to a four-point scale, using objective criteria. Thromboelastometry maximum clot firmness (MCF) was also determined. Results Twenty-five afibrinogenemia patients were treated with HFC: 24 for on-demand treatment of 89 BEs, and nine as prophylaxis for 12 surgeries. For BEs, treatment success (rating of excellent or good) evaluated by investigators was 96.6% (90% confidence interval [CI], 0.92-0.99; two missing ratings, classified as failures) and by the IDMEAC was 98.9% (90% CI, 0.95-0.999). Mean +/- standard deviation (SD) increase in MCF was 5.8 +/- 2.5 mm one hour after the first HFC infusion (mean +/- SD dose, 61.88 +/- 11.73 mg/kg). For the 12 surgeries (median [range] HFC dose/surgery, 85.80 mg/kg [34.09-225.36]), intraoperative and postoperative treatment success were both rated 100% (90% CI, 0.82-1.00) by investigators and the IDMEAC. Three adverse events were possibly treatment related, including a moderate case of thrombosis. There were no deaths, no severe allergic or hypersensitivity reactions, and no clinical evidence of neutralizing antifibrinogen antibodies. Conclusions Human fibrinogen concentrate was efficacious for on-demand treatment of bleeding and as surgical prophylaxis, with a favorable safety profile, in patients with congenital afibrinogenemia.