Dabigatran — neurosurgical anathema?

Piers A W Thomas, Nicholas B Schaerf and Jeffrey V Rosenfeld
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10552
Published online: 19 August 2013

To the Editor: We welcome the articles by Eikelboom and Hankey1 and Attia and Pearce2 about the use of dabigatran as an alternative to warfarin for prevention of embolic stroke. While it is encouraging that new, effective, anticoagulant agents have been added to the anticoagulant pharmacopoeia, we wish to raise specific concerns about the management of intracranial haemorrhage in patients treated with dabigatran.

  • Piers A W Thomas1
  • Nicholas B Schaerf1
  • Jeffrey V Rosenfeld1,2

  • 1 Department of Neurosurgery, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Department of Surgery, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.


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