Effect of Tranexamic Acid in Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding

2014-08-27 03:18:16 | BioPortfolio


The investigators hypothesize that addition of Tranexamic acid, an antifibrinolytic agent, to conventional therapy will lead to an improved outcome characterized by lower transfusion requirements.


After informed consent is obtained patients will be randomized to receive either Tranexamic acid or placebo in additional to conventional therapy. All patients with gastrointestinal hemorrhage who are admitted to the ICU are managed in consultation with the GI physicians. The ICU team in consultation with the gastroenterology team will manage these patients. Tranexamic acid will be administered in a dose of 1 gm intravenously every 6 hours for four days.

The majority of patients with GI bleeding will spontaneously stop bleeding. However, in those patients that do not and are hemodynamically unstable it poses a significant management challenge. Management of these individuals includes resuscitation followed by endoscopy as well as therapy guided by clinical diagnosis. With optimal therapy mortality in these individuals remains high and the amount of blood transfusion on occasions turns out to be massive and often the outcomes are futile. Tranexamic acid is an antifibrinolytic agent that has been shown to be associated with reduced bleeding and transfusion requirement in surgical patients. We would like to randomize patients to receive either Tranexamic acid or placebo in addition to conventional therapy and monitor outcome.

This study should provide us with information about the efficacy of this medicine in patients with upper GI bleeding. Data from this trial will provide us information about utility of pursuing this modality of therapy.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator), Primary Purpose: Treatment


Gastrointestinal Bleeding


tranexamic acid, Placebo


OU Medical Center
Oklahoma City
United States


Not yet recruiting


University of Oklahoma

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:18:16-0400

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