Thromboelastography: a review for radiologists and implications on periprocedural bleeding risk

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  • Thromboelastography (TEG) and rotational thromboelastometry are emerging technologies that are gaining increasing acceptance in the medical field to evaluate the coagulation status of patients on an individual level by assessing dynamic clot formation. TEG has been proven to reduce blood product use as well as improve patient outcomes in a variety of medical settings, including trauma and surgery due to the expediated nature of the test as well as the ability to determine specific deficiencies present in whole blood that are otherwise undetectable with traditional coagulation studies. Currently, no guidelines or recommendations are in place for the utilization of TEG in interventional or diagnostic radiology although access to TEG has become increasingly common in recent years. This manuscript presents a review of prior literature on the technical aspects of TEG as well as its use in various fields and explains the normal TEG-tracing parameters. Common hemodynamic abnormalities and their effect on the TEG tracing are illustrated, and the appropriate treatments for each abnormality are briefly mentioned. TEG has the potential to be a useful tool for determining the hemodynamic state of patients in both interventional and diagnostic radiology, and further research is needed to determine the value of these tests in the periprocedural setting.
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  • Willis J; Carroll C; Planz V; Galgano SJ
  • Start Page

  • 2697
  • End Page

  • 2703
  • Volume

  • 47
  • Issue

  • 8