Chromogenix Coamatic® Heparin is optimized for use with and without exogenous antithrombin. When is it recommended to add exogenous AT, and why?
It is recommended to add exogenous antithrombin when children below the age of one year are being tested. Although exogenous AT has been shown to be needless for patients with AT levels between 35-135%, pre-term newborns can have levels as low as 30%. Sufficient studies of Coamatic® Heparin have not been performed on infants, so as a precaution exogenous AT should be added. Also, for measuring heparin activities in serum, AT is needed since endogenous AT activity will be very low.