Objectives: To investigate whether administering fibrinogen concentrate or cryoprecipitate is associated with increased postoperative thromboembolic events and improved mortality in patients undergoing thoracic aortic surgery. Design: Multicenter retrospective cohort study using propensity-score analyses and multivariate logistic regression analysis to control for confounders. Setting: Four hospitals (1 national cardiovascular center and 3 university hospitals). Participants: Patients undergoing thoracic aortic surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass between January 2010 and October 2012 (n = 1,047). Interventions: Outcomes in patients treated with fibrinogen concentrate or cryoprecipitate (fibrinogen group) were compared with those who did not receive these products (no fibrinogen group) based on propensity-score matching. Multivariate logistic regression analysis then was performed to confirm the results. Measurements and Main Results: Among 1,047 patients enrolled in this study, 247 patients received fibrinogen concentrate or cryoprecipitate. The median amount of administered fibrinogen was 3 g (interquartile range 2-4 g). Eighty-seven patients were excluded from the propensity-score matching because of missing data. Propensity-score–matched analysis showed no significant difference in the incidence of thromboembolic events or 30-day mortality rate between the groups. Multivariate analysis revealed that the fibrinogen group showed no significant difference in thromboembolic events (odds ratio 1.22; 95% confidence interval 0.76-1.95; p = 0.408) or mortality rate (odds ratio 0.44; 95% confidence interval 0.18-1.12; p = 0.081) compared with those in the no fibrinogen group. Conclusions: Administering fibrinogen concentrate or cryoprecipitate was associated with neither thromboembolic events nor 30-day mortality in patients undergoing thoracic aortic surgery. Administering fibrinogen concentrate or cryoprecipitate is safe and does not appear to increase thromboembolic events and mortality in thoracic aortic surgery patients.
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