Vitamin K prophylaxis in infancy aims to prevent life-threatening vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB). The Dutch prophylactic oral daily regimen was increased sixfold from 25 to 150 μg because of a high failure rate. To evaluate the efficacy of this new regimen, incidences of intracranial VKDB under both regimens were compared using both general and targeted surveillance. Late VKDB in the general pediatric population was identified by the Netherlands Pediatric Surveillance Unit, between 1 October 2014 and 31 December 2016. Additionally, infants with intracranial vitamin K deficiency bleeding were identified using the Dutch Pediatric Intensive Care Evaluation registry. The incidence of intracranial VKDB as assessed by general and targeted surveillance decreased from 1.6 per 100,000 (95% CI, 0.4–5.1) to 1.3 per 100,000 (95% CI, 0.5–3.2) and from 3.1 per 100,000 live births (95% CI, 1.9–5.0) to 1.2 per 100,000 live births (95% CI, 0.6–2.3), respectively. Median time between consecutive cases in the latter increased from 24 to 154 days (p < 0.001).

Conclusion: A sixfold increase in oral vitamin K prophylaxis was associated with a surprisingly modest reduction in the incidence of intracranial VKDB, indicating that factors other than the dose need addressing to improve efficacy.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00431-019-03391-y, hdl.handle.net/1765/117867
Journal European Journal of Pediatrics
Lowensteyn, Y.N., Jansen, N.J.G, van Heerde, M, Klein, R.H., Kneyber, M.C.J., Kuiper, J.-W, … van Hasselt, P.M. (2019). Increasing the dose of oral vitamin K prophylaxis and its effect on bleeding risk. European Journal of Pediatrics, 178(7), 1033–1042. doi:10.1007/s00431-019-03391-y