PMID: 7992599Jan 1, 1994Paper

Secretory response of the vessel wall to DDAVP and venous occlusion in von Willebrand's disease

Acta haematologica Polonica
K BykowskaS Lopaciuk


The aim of this study was to compare the secretory response of the vascular wall in vivo to DDAVP (i.v. 0.3 microgram/kg, 30 min) and to venous occlusion (VO, 20 min) in control healthy subjects, patients with von Willebrand's disease type I (vWd I) and patients with von Willebrand's disease type III (vWd III). In controls (n = 10) and vWd I (n = 12), DDAVP induced a 2 to 3-fold rise in plasma von Willebrand factor antigen (vWf: Ag), factor VIII coagulant activity (VIII: C) and tissue--type plasminogen activator antigen (t-PA:Ag). VO was less effective in increasing vWf: Ag and VIII:C but produced a greater rise in t-PA:Ag. Large increments (over 10-fold) were observed in plasmin-alpha 2-antiplasmin complexes following both stimuli. In vWd III (n = 10), DDAVP and VO failed to increase vWf:Ag, VIII:C and t-PA:Ag. No significant changes in plasmin-alpha 2-antiplasmin complexes were observed in this group. Moreover, the baseline t-PA:Ag values were significantly lower in vWd III (2.17 +/- 1.13 ng/ml) than in controls (4.84 +/- 1.97 ng/ml, p < 0.001). A significant increase in urokinase--type plasminogen activator antigen (u-PA:Ag) was found only in controls after VO. Neither controls nor patients with vWd showed any changes in pla...Continue Reading

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