In vitro factor XIII supplementation increases clot firmness in Rotation Thromboelastometry (ROTEM)

Thromb Haemost. 2010 Aug;104(2):385-91. doi: 10.1160/TH09-12-0858. Epub 2010 Apr 29.


Factor XIII (F XIII) is an essential parameter for final clot stability. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of the addition of factor (F)XIII on clot stability as assessed by Rotation Thromboelastometry (ROTEM). In 90 intensive care patients ROTEM measurements were performed after in vitro addition of F XIII 0.32 IU, 0.63 IU, 1.25 IU and compared to diluent controls (DC; aqua injectabile) resulting in approximate F XIII concentrations of 150, 300 and 600%. Baseline measurements without any additions were also performed. The following ROTEM parameters were measured in FIBTEM and EXTEM tests: clotting time (CT), clot formation time (CFT), maximum clot firmness (MCF), maximum lysis (ML), maximum clot elasticity (MCE) and alpha-angle (alphaA). Additionally, laboratory values for FXIII, fibrinogen (FBG), platelets and haematocrit were contemporaneously determined. In the perioperative patient population mean FBG concentration was elevated at 5.2 g/l and mean FXIII concentration was low at 62%. The addition of FXIII led to a FBG concentration-dependent increase in MCF both in FIBTEM and EXTEM. Mean increases in MCF (FXIII vs. DC) of approximately 7 mm and 6 mm were observed in FIBTEM and EXTEM, respectively. F XIII addition also led to decreased CFT, increased alphaA, and reduced ML in FIBTEM and EXTEM. In vitro supplementation of FXIII to supraphysiologic levels increases maximum clot firmness, accelerates clot formation and increases clot stability in EXTEM and FIBTEM as assayed by ROTEM in perioperative patients with high fibrinogen and low FXIII levels.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Blood Coagulation*
  • Critical Care
  • Factor XIII / metabolism*
  • Factor XIII Deficiency / blood
  • Factor XIII Deficiency / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Fibrinogen / metabolism
  • Fibrinolysin*
  • Hematocrit
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Platelet Count
  • Postoperative Care
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Prospective Studies
  • Rotation
  • Switzerland
  • Thrombelastography / methods*


  • Fibrinogen
  • Factor XIII
  • Fibrinolysin