Recombinant activated Factor VII (rVIIa) was originally released as a clotting factor, with use limited to a select group of patients who had few other treatment options. Due to the apparent ability of rVIIa to stop bleeding, no matter what the underlying cause, there is great interest in use of rVIIa in a wide range of bleeding patients. This article discusses rVIIa and its uses in a variety of patients, especially liver disease and trauma patients, and makes suggestions for appropriate use. Although most of the reports on rVIIa are anecdotes and case series, there is increasing data for clinical trials to help guide usage.
- Bleeding emergencies
- Recombinant activated Factor VII
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pharmacology (medical)