In order to describe the haemostatic role of a variation in inhibitor reactivity with different factor VIII (FVIII) concentrates, we have compared inhibitor titres against a panel of FVIII concentrates and correlated titre with the capacity to inhibit thrombin generation. Three plasma-derived concentrates were tested in vitro in mixing experiments with inhibitor plasmas from 11 patients with severe haemophilia A: Fanhdi, which contains von Willebrand factor (VWF) with a final ratio of approximately 1:1 (VWF IU per IU FVIII:C); Haemate-P with a ratio of 2.5:1 and Hemofil-M containing only trace amounts of VWF. In addition, the recombinant FVIII concentrate Kogenate Bayer containing no VWF was included. Inhibitor titres and the capacity to generate thrombin were measured. A statistically significant difference in measured titres was found with the highest titres recorded against Hemofil-M. The inhibitor titres needed to inhibit 50% maximum thrombin generation were the lowest for Kogenate Bayer and the highest and similar for Fanhdi and Haemate-P with intermediate titres needed for inhibition of Hemofil-M. In this study, the thrombin generation assay provides additional indications for the role of VWF in the treatment of patients with inhibitors. The VWF-containing concentrates Fanhdi and Haemate-P, added to FVIII-deficient plasma with the presence of inhibitor, generate more thrombin than do the purified concentrates Hemofil-M and Kogenate Bayer.
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