Effect of vitamin C on coagulation factors and endothelium function in patients with sepsis


Objective: Sepsis is one of the leading causes of mortality in intensive care unit. Despite advances in its management, its mortality rate remains high. Recently, high dose of vitamin C in sepsis treatment has attracted the attention of researchers. In the current study, the impacts of 25 mg/kg of vitamin C every 6 hours as a bolus for 3 days were assessed in septic patients in intensive care unit (ICU). Methods: This was a prospective cohort study that was performed on adult patients with diagnosis of sepsis. Patients were assigned to control group (administration of placebo) or intervention group, i.e., those receiving a 25 mg/kg dose of vitamin C every 6 hours as a bolus for 3 days. Clinical data were recorded before and after the experiment. Also, plasma levels of antithrombin III, syndecan-1, fibrin degradation product (FDP), D-dimer, and C-reactive protein (CRP) were measured at 0, 24, 48, and 72 hours. Results: In septic patients receiving vitamin C, a significant upregulation of antithrombin III and significant decreases in the levels of syndecan-1 (at 48 hours; P-value=0.046 and at 72 hours; P-value=0.007), D-dimer and CRP were observed compared to the control. Reductions in sequential organ failure assessment (SOFA) score, in-hospital mortality, and ICU length of stay were seen in septic patients receiving vitamin C. Conclusion: Prescribing high dose of intravenous vitamin C can reduce the mortality of sepsis patients and reduce the length of stay in the ICU.

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IssueVol 7 No 2 (2023): Spring (April) QRcode
SectionOriginal article
DOI 10.18502/fem.v7i2.12768
Acid Ascorbic Blood Coagulation Endothelium Sepsis Syndecan-1

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Amini K, Mojtahedzadeh M, Najafi A, Sharifnia H, Tabatabaei Mohammadi A. Effect of vitamin C on coagulation factors and endothelium function in patients with sepsis. Front Emerg Med. 2023;7(2):e16.


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