Efficacy and safety of pre-operative single dose parenteral tranexamic acid in moderately anaemic parturients undergoing caesarean section

Robin Medhi, Sonika Bawri, Chaitra S.K., Mansur Ahmed, Asmita Mishra


Background: Preoperative administration of Tranexamic acid (TXA) has been found to be effective in reducing the amount of blood loss following Caesarean section in low risk women. However, studies in high risk women such as women with anaemia, where blood loss needs to be minimised are scarce.

Methods: An experimental case control study was conducted with a total of 174 patients with moderate anaemia undergoing CS in a teaching hospital. Study group consisting of 87 patients received pre-operative TXA 1g intravenously. Intra operative and up to 6hours postpartum blood loss was calculated in both the groups. Requirement of blood transfusions were noted. Data analysed using Graphpad Instat® 3 statistical software.

Results: Present study showed statistically significant reduction in intraoperative and postoperative blood loss among patients who received TXA compared to control group. The blood loss from placental delivery till completion of the procedure was significantly lowered (304.02ml vs 393.36ml; p value <0.0001). Postoperative blood loss (from end of the procedure up to 6hrs postpartum) was 62.57ml in comparison to 85.40ml in control group (p value <0.0001). The total blood loss from the placental delivery up to 6 hours postpartum was significantly reduced in study group (366.59ml vs 478.76ml; p value <0.0001). There was significant reduction of blood transfusion in study group (RR: 0.20, 95% CI, 0.045-0.887), without immediate adverse effect on mothers and new-borns.

Conclusions: Administration of TXA preoperatively causes significant decrease in blood loss and the need for blood transfusion in patients with moderate anaemia undergoing CS.



Anaemia, Blood transfusion, Caesarean section, Tranexamic acid

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