The effect of hydroxyurea on the coagulation system in sickle cell anemia and beta-thalassemia intermedia patients: A preliminary study

Koc A., Gumruk F., Gurgey A.

PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGY AND ONCOLOGY, vol.20, no.6, pp.429-434, 2003 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 20 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/08880010390220090
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.429-434
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Hydroxyurea (HU) has been shown to reduce the frequency of vaso-occlusive manifestations in both adults and children with sickle cell disease (SCD), and the induction of hemoglobin F (HbF) is thought to be the underlying mechanism responsible for clinical improvement in some Patients. However, there exists no good correlation between the amount of HbF increase and clinical response. Recent studies suggest that increased activity of the coagulation system may be important in the pathogenesis of vascular occlusion in sickle cell disease. To analyze the effect of HU on the coagulation system in children, the authors studied the levels of some coagulation factors and natural inhibitors. Eleven children who had been treated with HU because of SCD (5 patients), sickle-beta-thalassemia (3 patients), and beta-thalassemia intermedia (3 patients) were enrolled in the study. Levels of the coagulation factors II, V, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, and XII, and of protein C and protein S, prothrombin times, activated partial thromboplastine times, thrombin times, and reptilase times were measured before the treatment and at the 5th or 6th months of HU therapy when the patients were in a steady-state condition. There was a decrease in all of the coagulation factors except for FIX and FXII and in inhibitors such as protein C and protein S. However, statistically significant decreases were observed only in factor VIII and protein C levels. The rates of decrease were 54.8 and 12.5 % (p = .015 and p = .018) in FVII and protein C, respectively. This result shows that HU has significant effects on the coagulation and natural inhibitory systems.