Acquired inhibitors of factor V are rare causes of clinical bleeding, whose severity ranges from mild to life-threatening. Optimal treatment of patients with factor V inhibitors is uncertain. We report on our successful treatment approach in a patient with spontaneous, life-threatening intracranial bleeding caused by a factor V inhibitor. The patient deteriorated after initial treatment with fresh-frozen plasma and platelet transfusions. He was subsequently treated with a combination of plasma exchange and chemotherapy, which led to complete recovery. Our experience suggests that plasma exchange may be life-saving in cases of severe bleeding caused by factor V inhibitors. The use of plasmapheresis in conjunction with chemotherapy is an efficacious and well-tolerated treatment and should be considered in patients with factor V inhibitors.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||American Journal of Hematology|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1 1996|
- Factor V inhibitor
- Plasma exchange
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