Evidence on the risk of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding associated with dabigatran etexilate (DE) is contrasting. The Authors of this study performed a meta-analysis of literature to address this issue.
No difference in GI bleeding risk was found between DE and VKA. These results were confirmed for both dosages of DE and when specifically analyzing lower GI bleeding. In contrast, the risk of upper GI bleeding was lower with DE than with VKA. KEY MESSAGES No difference in the risk of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding can be found between dabigatran etexilate (DE) and vitamin K-antagonists (VKA). These results are confirmed for both dosages of DE. The risk of upper GI bleeding is lower with DE than with VKA
- Di Minno MN, Ambrosino P, Di Minno A, Tremoli E, Di Minno G. The risk of gastrointestinal bleeding in patients receiving dabigatran etexilate: a systematic review and meta-analysis of the literature. Ann Med 2017 Jan 13 [Epub ahead of print] Go to PubMed