This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about t-PA. Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over any information you do not understand.
WHAT IS t-PA?
t-PA stands for tissue plasminogen activator. t-PA is an enzyme, which causes blood clots to dissolve, a process called thrombolysis.
HOW IS t-PA USED?
t-PA is used to dissolve blood clots in situations where blood clots are harmful. For example, in patients where blood clots are causing a stroke or heart attack, t-PA has been used to dissolve the clot and restore normal blood flow. In this way, damage to the involved organ is limited or even prevented.
HOW IS t-PA TO BE USED IN MY CHILD?
Your physicians have determined that your child’s catheter is not functioning normally. This is most likely due to small thrombi (blood clots) near the catheter tip. t-PA is put into the catheter in order to dissolve the clots and allow the catheter to function normally once again.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
With the small dose of t-PA used in the catheter, no major problems are anticipated. When large doses of t-PA are used (as with strokes or heart attacks), the main side effect is bleeding. This risk is higher if there has been recent surgery, particularly brain surgery or trauma. Please notify your doctor or nurse if you have had recent surgery of any kind. Your doctor will determine if t-PA can be used. Another risk, although very rare, is allergic reaction to the t-PA.
ARE THEIR ANY ALTERNATIVES?
An alternative to using t-PA to dissolve intracatheter clots includes replacing the catheter.
This handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about t-PA, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.
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