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Coronarography in Patients with Factor XI deficiency: A Literature Review

Mokhtar Abdallah1*, Georges Khoueiry3 and Tarek Abdallah2

1Department of Medicine, Baton Rouge General Hospital, 8585 Picardy Ave, Baton Rouge, LA-70809, USA

2Department of Pulmonary Medicine, North Oaks Health System, 15790 Medical Center Dr.Hammond, Louisiana-70403, USA

3Department of Cardiology, North Oaks Health System, 15790 Medical Center Dr, Hammond, Louisiana-70403, USA

*Corresponding Author:
>Mokhtar Abdallah
Department of Medicine, Baton Rouge General Hospital
8585 Picardy Ave, Baton Rouge, LA-70809, USA
Tel: 9179129768
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: October 16, 2015, Accepted date: February 27, 2016, Published date: February 29, 2016

Citation: Abdallah M, Khoueiry G, Abdallah T (2016) Coronarography in Patients with Factor XI deficiency: A Literature Review. J Blood Disord Transfus 7:341. doi:10.4172/2155-9864.1000341

Copyright: © 2016 Abdallah M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Hemophilia C or Factor XI deficiency is a hypocoagulable state leading to increased bleeding diathesis. Acute coronary syndrome can be manifested with chest pain and require a coronography to investigate the reason of the symptoms. This type of procedure requires the use of heparin and the possible need for oral antiplatelets especially if a stent was deployed. The use of anticoagulants or antiplatelets to prevent stent clotting becomes a challenge in patients with hypocoagulable state including patients with Hemophilia C. We will summarize in our review the approach taken in similar cases described in literature.


Hemophilia C; Factor XI deficiency; Coronorography


Factor XI deficiency or Hemophilia C, an autosomal transmitted coagulopathy that is mostly seen in Ashkenazi Jews, was first described in 1953 by Rosenthal et al. as “hemophilia like disease”[1]. Clinical presentation is different and patients can be asymptomatic. In these cases the diagnosis is usually suspected based on a high activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) and confirmed by a low factor XI level. Plasma factor XI is mainly synthesized by the liver; it's an essential glycoprotein in the early phase of coagulation in vivo . During the contact phase, Factor XI plays a role in the generation of additional thrombin via a positive feedback mechanism [2]. The plasma level of FXI under 15 U/Dl or 15% of activity is considered as severe FXI deficiency and below the level of 70 U/dL or 70% activity is considered as mild deficiency [3]. Factor XI levels do not always correlate with the severity of bleeding even in homozygous patients. Bleeding is not usually spontaneous and is more common to occur in areas of high fibrinolysis such as dental extractions, tonsillectomy, urological surgery and nasal surgery [4]. In addition factor XI was isolated from washed platelets with a concentration that remained the same after successive washes, and a complete antigenic identity with plasma Factor XI [5-8]. The role of platelets factor XI has been uncertain so far, and although they contribute to less than 1% of the total activity of factor XI in blood, they might substitute for the deficient plasma factor XI [9-12]. This is ellucidated by the fact that patients with severe plasma factor XI deficiency and a normal homeostasis had a normal level of platelets factor XI, whereas patients with abnormal homeostasis had an abnormal platelets level component [8,11-13]. This might depict the need for anticoagulation in patients with myocardial infarction and during PCI, despite the fact that the PTT is increased in these patients. Moreover, factor XI deficiency was shown to be associated with a reduced incidence of ischemic stroke, but no effect on the incidence of myocardial infarction [5]. This relative protection against ischemic stroke is possibly secondary to the increased abundance of amyloid protein precursor protein, which promotes fibrinolytic activity, in the cerebral vasculature as opposed to the heart, in which it is probably absent [6,7].


Reversal of factor XI deficiency with fresh frozen plasma transfusion (FFP) has been the conventional treatment when doing procedures. In cases of cardiac intervention this is followed by heparin infusion when needed to decrease the thrombotic risk associated with these procedures. However FFPs transfusion can lead to the development of antibodies to factor XI, an entity known as” factor XI inhibitors”. The reversal of this condition is more complicated, because it necessitates the infusion of factor XI/pro-complex concentrate that might cause life-threatening thrombotic complications, including arterial thrombi in 10% of treated patients, particularly in older patients with preexisting coronary artery disease [14]. Immunotherapy or plasma exchange is another alternative, but its feasibility is limited in cases of acute coronary syndromes because of the acuity of the condition. There are some reports that recombinant FVIIa has successfully prevented bleeding during or after surgery in patients with FXI inhibitors [15]. To our knowledge, four cases have been described so far in patients with factor XI deficiency who needed to have a PCI. In Table1, we summarize the management of these cases, including:

Author AviShimony Lee SH Kaku B* S. Mungee
Age/Sex 82/M 52/M 84/F 72/M
Indication for PCI NSTEMI Unstable angina Worsening effort angina Symptomatic residual RCA stenosis Positive stress test
Prior to PCI Aspirin/Plavix Aspirin/Plavix Aspirin/Plavix - Aspirin
Bleeding history Profound bleeding none After dental procedures - Severe/Acquired FcXI inhibitor
aPTT baseline 77 >100 - 148 78
Factor XI Level 2.8 1.7 - <3 <1
Approach Transradial Femoral Femoral Radial Femoral
ACT 270 230 >1500 249 420
Heparin 9000 7500 8000 None None
Use of FFP Yes Yes No No No
Intervention DESx2 DESx1 DESx1 DESx2 Balloon
After PCI Aspirin/Plavix Aspirin/Plavix Aspirin/Plavix Aspirin/Plavix Aspirin
Closure device - Angioseal - - Perclosure
IVUS - Huge calcified plaques. - Fibrous plaques without lipid pool. -
Outcome Uneventful Uneventful Uneventful Uneventful Uneventful

Table 1: FFPs transfusion prior to the procedure.

1. indication for PCI,

2. the medical treatment received prior to PCI,

3. the history of bleeding in the past as reported in the articles,

4. baseline aPTT and factor XI level,

5. the site of access,

6. anticoagulation time (ACT) during the procedure,

7. the total dose of heparin including the dose administered after puncturing the site and the dose administered after intervention on the coronary arteries during catheterization,

8. the use or not of FFPs,

9. the type of intervention (i.e. stent, angioplasty),

10. the medical treatment after intervention,

11. the closure device,

12. the findings on intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging,

13. the outcomes regarding bleeding after intervention. Avi Shimony and Lee SH, reported the traditional usage of FFPs transfusion prior to the procedure, followed by intravenous heparin administration and a close monitoring of the ACT during catheterization [16,17].

Kaku B described a case of PCI in a patient with unknown history of factor XI deficiency, her diagnosis was suspected because of high ACT during the first PCI done for worsening effort angina [18]. Interestingly, a second PCI with a favorable outcome was done within the same admission without the use of FFPs nor heparin. The risk of thrombosis without the use of heparin was likely less in this case because no lipid pool was seen in the fibrous plaques during the intravascular ultrasound. It was shown that tissue factor (TF) is relatively abundant in the acellular lipid core, and it seems to predict the thrombogenicity of the plaque [19-21]. The lack of lipid pool in this patient's plaque has most likely played a major role in the favorable non-thrombotic outcome of this intervention without the use of heparin. The final patient described by S. Mungee had the most complicated history of factor XI deficiency among the four patients described in our review, with multiple episodes of severe bleeding and FFPs transfusion in the past complicated by acquired factor XI inhibitors [22]. Transfusion of FFPs prior to PCI in patients with factor XI inhibitors would not correct their aPTT or their coagulation deficiency. The uneventful non-thrombotic outcome of his PCI despite the lack of “heparinization” could be either explained by the presence of factor XI antibodies or the fact that the patient did not present with ACS. Tissue factor forms a high-affinity complex with coagulation factors VII and VIIa; TF-VIIa complex activates factors IX and X, which in turn leads to thrombin generation [23,24]. TF expression is markedly increased in plaques derived from patients with ACS as opposed to stable angina patients [25].


We try in our review to disclose the hesitancy in the era of anticoagulation when treating a patient with factor XI deficiency presenting with angina. It seems reasonable to differentiate between two groups of patients: acute coronary syndrome and stable angina. As we mentioned above, patients with stable angina can be managed offheparin because the risk of thrombotic events is less while manipulating their plaques during PCI. This distinction becomes particularly important in patients with history of severe bleeding diathesis or acquired factor XI inhibitors. Another helpful clue is the lipid content of the plaque seen on IVUS imaging. A poor-lipid plaque is less rich in tissue factor, an important modulator and predictor of plaque thrombogenicity. As in patients with stable angina, PCI in cases of poor-lipid plaques might be done without heparin.

In circumstances where long treatment with dual anti-platelets is to be avoided, balloon-angioplasty with no anticoagulation (i.e. Heparin, LMWH) other than aspirin seems to be the practical choice. In cases where stenting cannot be avoided, a heparin or phosphorylcholine coated stent should be considered. The thrombin-antithrombin III complex (TAT) level can reflect the burden of thrombogenicity after PCI [26]. We are not sure if following the TAT level over weeks can help in shortening a required duration of clopidogrel treatment in addition to aspirin after drug-eluting, long stent placement, or imperfect result.

Based on the results of the cases descried in our review, the traditional use of FFP followed by heparin during PCI appears to be a safe method in patients with no or minimal history of bleeding. Intervention type (i.e. stent) might need to be judged independently of the history of factor XI deficiency in these cases.


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  1. Monika
    Posted on Aug 12 2016 at 4:57 pm
    The article reviews the methods of treatment of haemophilia or factor XI deficiency with the help of anticoagulants, antiplatelets as well as cardiac stents. The article provides useful information on the effects of coronarography in haemophilic patients. The article will help in the fabrication of suitable methods of treatment in factor XI deficient patients.

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