Which medications in the drug class Antithrombin-III concentrates are used in the treatment of Antithrombin III Deficiency?

Updated: Mar 04, 2020
  • Author: James L Harper, MD; Chief Editor: Hassan M Yaish, MD  more...
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Antithrombin-III concentrates

Antithrombin III concentrate (Thrombate III [Bayer Corporation]) is used for replacement therapy. This product is a plasma-derived concentrate made from pooled human plasma using modified Cohn ethanol separation and heat-treated for viral inactivation. The vials have no preservatives and are labeled in international units calibrated against a World Health Organization (WHO) standard.

Antithrombin, recombinant (ATryn)

Recombinant AT made in goats. AT regulates hemostasis by inhibiting thrombin and factor Xa, key proteases for blood coagulation. Indicated for prevention of perioperative and peripartum thromboembolic events in patients with hereditary AT deficiency. Not indicated for treatment of thromboembolic events. Available as a lyophilized powder that is reconstitution for IV infusion. Normally administered as a continuous IV infusion medication.

Antithrombin III (Thrombate III)

Alpha2-globulin that inactivates thrombin; plasmin; and other serine proteases of coagulation including factors IXa, Xa, XIa, XIIa, and VIIa, which, in turn, inhibits coagulation.

Mean recovery in healthy patients is 1.6% activity/U/kg infused (ie, 160% activity when 100 U/kg is infused) based on immunologic ATIII assays. Recovery based on functional assays is 1.4% activity/U/kg (ie, 140% activity when 100 U/kg is infused). Functional assay results are most commonly used to calculate dose. Half-life of ATIII is approximately 22 h. This number should be considered in light of patient's underlying clinical problems, as the rate of ATIII consumption may be increased, which would affect extent of recovery and half-life.

A target of 120% is the upper limit of the reference range for ATIII and is chosen as a target value to allow for maximum amount of time to elapse before clearance and consumption of ATIII drops the level in patient's plasma to < 80%.

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