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Haemophilia. 2012 Jan;18(1):25-33. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2516.2011.02573.x. Epub 2011 May 30.

A systematic review: The use of desmopressin for treatment and prophylaxis of bleeding disorders in pregnancy.

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  • 1The Royal Free Hospital, London, UK.

Abstract

Desmopressin (DDAVP) is commonly used for treatment and prevention of bleeding complications in patients with bleeding disorders including haemophilia A, von Willebrand's disease (VWD) and other less common disorders. This article reviews the current evidence for the use of DDAVP in pregnancy to clarify its efficacy and safety with regard to maternal and foetal outcome. A search of the literature found 30 studies that reported DDAVP use in pregnancy for prophylaxis or treatment of bleeding complications with 216 pregnancies reported in total. The most common indication was prophylaxis for prevention of bleeding during pregnancy and postpartum haemorrhage. DDAVP was used successfully in the first and early second trimester for bleeding prophylaxis in 50 pregnancies. No postpartum bleeding complications were reported in 167 out of 172 pregnancies when DDAVP was used for peripartum haemostatic cover. Twenty-nine studies reported no significant adverse events as a result of treatment with DDAVP. One case of water intoxication seizure and one case of premature labour following the use of DDAVP was reported in a single study. Other maternal side effects included facial flushing and headache and were reported by one study. These side effects were generally well tolerated by patients. There were no other significant adverse events reported in any of the studies as a result of DDAVP use. Foetal outcome was recorded in ten studies with no adverse foetal outcomes. In conclusion, this review shows that DDAVP in selected cases is effective in reducing bleeding complications associated with pregnancy and childbirth with a good safety record. Further research is needed to confirm these findings as they are based on the currently available evidence from small studies and case series only.

© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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