Idarucizumab to revert the anticoagulant effect of dabigatra
Direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC) are an attractive alternative over vitamin K antagonists. They have several advantages in primary and secondary prevention of thromboembolisms due to atrial fibrillation, as well as in prevention and treatment of thromboembolic venous disease.

They have fast onset action, do not need laboratory controls in patients with normal renal function, and they have practically no interference with the patient’s diet or medications. The strongest objection to their use was the lack of reversal agents that could be used in case of life-threatening haemorrhage or the need for emergency surgery. Dabigatran was the first DOAC to have its own specific reversal agent: idarucizumab, a monoclonal antibody.

The case is of a patient undergoing treatment with dabigatran that suffered an expansive subdural haematoma secondary to a cranial injury. The condition was life-threatening and required emergency surgery. Anticoagulation was successfully reversed with idarucizumab.

Source: European Heart Journal - Case Reports

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