Monroe DM. Hoffman M. Allen GA. Roberts HR., The factor VII-platelet interplay: effectiveness of recombinant factor VIIa in the treatment of bleeding in severe thrombocytopathia. Seminars in Thrombosis & Hemostasis. 26(4):373-7, 2000.
Recently, high-dose factor VIIa has been used to correct bleeding in patients with various thrombocytopathies including Glanzmann's thrombasthenia, Bernard-Soulier syndrome, and uremia. High-dose factor VIIa is postulated to act on platelets in the absence of tissue factor to activate factors IX and X and thus enhance thrombin generation. This enhanced thrombin generation might help provide hemostasis in patients with thrombocytopathies through several mechanisms. Enhanced thrombin generation would provide a strong signal for recruitment of other platelets. Also, enhanced fibrin deposition might provide mechanisms for bypassing the specific defect in thrombocytopathies. Thus, platelets from a patient with Bernard-Soulier syndrome might associate with fibrin by a glycoprotein IIb-IIIa-mediated mechanism. Also, platelets from a patient with Glanzmann's thrombasthenia might associate with fibrin through von Willebrand factor-mediated interactions with glycoprotein Ib-V-IX. Finally, enhanced thrombin generation on platelets would mean that fewer platelets are required for hemostasis.