Haemostatic Changes in Five Patients Infected with Ebola Virus
AbstractKnowledge on haemostatic changes in humans infected with Ebola virus is limited due to safety concerns and access to patient samples. Ethical approval was obtained to collect plasma samples from patients in Sierra Leone infected with Ebola virus over time and samples were analysed for clotting time, fibrinogen, and D-dimer levels. Plasma from healthy volunteers was also collected by two methods to determine effect of centrifugation on test results as blood collected in Sierra Leone was not centrifuged. Collecting plasma without centrifugation only affected D-dimer values. Patients with Ebola virus disease had higher PT and APTT and D-dimer values than healthy humans with plasma collected in the same manner. Fibrinogen levels in patients with Ebola virus disease were normal or lower than values measured in healthy people. Clotting times and D-dimer levels were elevated during infection with Ebola virus but return to normal over time in patients that survived and therefore could be considered prognostic. Informative data can be obtained from plasma collected without centrifugation which could improve patient monitoring in hazardous environments. View Full-Text
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Smither, S.J.; O’Brien, L.M.; Eastaugh, L.; Woolley, T.; Lever, M.; Fletcher, T.; Parmar, K.; Hunt, B.J.; Watts, S.; Kirkman, E. Haemostatic Changes in Five Patients Infected with Ebola Virus. Viruses 2019, 11, 647.
Smither SJ, O’Brien LM, Eastaugh L, Woolley T, Lever M, Fletcher T, Parmar K, Hunt BJ, Watts S, Kirkman E. Haemostatic Changes in Five Patients Infected with Ebola Virus. Viruses. 2019; 11(7):647.Chicago/Turabian Style
Smither, Sophie J.; O’Brien, Lyn M.; Eastaugh, Lin; Woolley, Tom; Lever, Mark; Fletcher, Tom; Parmar, Kiran; Hunt, Beverley J.; Watts, Sarah; Kirkman, Emrys. 2019. "Haemostatic Changes in Five Patients Infected with Ebola Virus." Viruses 11, no. 7: 647.
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