Q: How cryoprecipitate helps in uremic bleeding?
Cryoprecipitate shortens bleeding time in patients with uremia. Various factors present in Cryoprecipitate like factor VIII, von Willebrand factor multimers and fibrinogen enhances platelet aggregation. 10 units of cryoprecipitate may become effective within one hour of infusion. Cryoprecipitate can be used if standard treatments like platelet transfusion or desmopressin (DDAVP) fails to do the task.
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