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Transfusion Medicine Reviews

Brittney Williams, John McNeil, Andrew Crabbe, Kenichi A Tanaka
Achieving hemostasis after complex cardiovascular and transplant surgical procedures is one of the greatest challenges anesthesiologists face. Preoperative coagulation disturbances due to underlying disease or antithrombotic therapy are common, and they are worsened by intraoperative blood loss and fluid replacement. The coagulation reactions in vivo are incredibly complex interactions among blood cells, proteins, and vasculature, standing in sharp contrast to rather simple treatment options including transfusion of platelets, plasma, and cryoprecipitate...
August 27, 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Carlos H Villa, Douglas B Cines, Don L Siegel, Vladimir Muzykantov
Red blood cells (RBCs) are innate carriers that can also be engineered to improve the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of many drugs, particularly biotherapeutics. Successful loading of drugs, both internally and on the external surface of RBCs, has been demonstrated for many drugs including anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antithrombotic agents. Methods for internal loading of drugs within RBCs are now entering clinical use. Although internal loading can result in membrane disruption that may compromise biocompatibility, surface loading using either affinity or chemical ligands offers a diverse set of approaches for the production of RBC drug carriers...
August 17, 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Alexandra Jimenez, Beth H Shaz, Evan M Bloch
Zika virus (ZIKV), a mosquito-borne Flavivirus and emerging infectious disease, is the focus of an international public health emergency after its rapid spread through the Americas and the Caribbean. Although most ZIKV infections are subclinical or characterized by mild febrile illness, ZIKV has been implicated in severe complications, most notably microcephaly in babies born to incident infected mothers during pregnancy. As yet, the extent to which ZIKV is transfusion transmissible remains undefined. Nonetheless, a high prevalence of asymptomatic infection during outbreaks, the demonstration of ZIKV in blood donors, and 4 possible cases of transfusion-transmitted ZIKV in Brazil have raised concern for risk to the blood supply...
August 9, 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Rowena C Punzalan, Jerome L Gottschall
Although congenital bleeding disorders can manifest in the newborn period, the most common causes of bleeding and thrombosis in neonates are acquired conditions. Factor concentrates are used for specific diagnoses (hemophilia with inhibitors, specific factor deficiency, von Willebrand disease) and approved indications, and increasingly for off-label indications (bleeding in surgery cardiopulmonary bypass, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation). We will review the approved indications for factor products in the neonate and discuss the evidence and rationale for off-label use of factor products in management of bleeding and thrombosis in the neonate...
October 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Steven R Sloan, Robert I Parker
Outside the neonatal period, most platelets that are transfused to pediatric patients are given to those who are thrombocytopenic secondary to malignancy and associated therapy and/or hematopoietic progenitor cell transplant, or to those with significant bleeding associated with surgery, especially cardiac surgery. Indications for platelet transfusion, doses, and other practices for children largely mimic adult platelet transfusion protocols because there are few pediatric-specific studies in this area. Pediatric platelet transfusion practices would benefit from focused pediatric research...
October 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Ruchika Goel, Melissa M Cushing, Aaron A R Tobian
Red blood cell transfusions are a common life-saving intervention for neonates and children with anemia, but transfusion decisions, indications, and doses in neonates and children are different from those of adults. Patient blood management (PBM) programs are designed to assist clinicians with appropriately transfusing patients. Although PBM programs are well recognized and appreciated in the adult setting, they are quite far from standard of care in the pediatric patient population. Adult PBM standards cannot be uniformly applied to children, and there currently is significant variation in transfusion practices...
October 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Erin K Meyer, Edward C C Wong
Apheresis technology has progressed significantly over the last 50-60 years from a predominately blood donation-based procedure to one that now includes a variety of therapeutic modalities. The last 25 years also has seen an increase in the number of diseases treated by therapeutic apheresis (TA) modalities. Because of ethical considerations, therapeutic modalities are often vetted first in adult populations before establishing utility in pediatric patients. TA is no different. The majority of published studies involve adult patients...
October 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Cassandra D Josephson, Naomi L C Luban
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October 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Jennifer Andrews, Anne M Winkler
For the past four decades, extracorporeal life support (ECLS) has been used to treat critically ill adult and pediatric patients with cardiac and/or respiratory failure, and there are increasingly numbers of centers worldwide performing ECLS for numerous indications. Despite the progress with advancing the technology, hemorrhagic and thrombotic complications are frequently reported and associated with worse outcomes, but the exact cause is often elusive or multifactorial. As a result of the interaction between blood and an artificial circuit, anticoagulation is necessary and there is resultant activation of coagulation, fibrinolysis, as well as, an increased inflammatory response...
October 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Ronald Jackups, William Savage
Adverse consequences of blood transfusion in children are not completely understood. Much remains to be learned about defining their mechanisms, learning how they can be avoided, and improving our understanding how to minimize the morbidity of their consequences. All types of transfusion reactions can occur in children. This article focuses on four adverse consequences that have particular relevance for pediatric populations: cytomegalovirus transmission, red blood cell alloimmunization, immune altering consequences of transfusion, and necrotizing enterocolitis...
October 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Amy K Keir, Simon J Stanworth
Several clinical scenarios for plasma transfusion are repeatedly identified in audits, including treatment of bleeding in association with laboratory evidence of coagulopathy, correction of disseminated intravascular coagulation, prevention of intraventricular hemorrhage, management of critically ill neonates (eg, during sepsis or as a volume expander), or correction of markers of prolonged coagulation in the absence of bleeding. The findings of at least one national audit of transfusion practice indicated that almost half of plasma transfusions are given to neonates with abnormal coagulation values with no evidence of active bleeding, despite the limited evidence base to support the effectiveness of this practice...
October 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Jennifer Webb, Allistair Abraham
Advances in the fields of pediatric transfusion medicine and hematopoietic stem cell transplant have resulted in improved outcomes but also present new questions for research. The diagnostic capabilities involved in transfusion medicine have improved in recent times, now including methods for determination of red blood cell minor antigens, detection of anti-human leukocyte antigen antibodies, and noninvasive iron quantification. At the same time, transplants are being performed for more indications including nonmalignant disease and with less intense conditioning regimens that allow some recipient blood cells to persist after transplant...
October 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Ravi Mangal Patel, Erin K Meyer, John A Widness
Red blood cell (RBC) transfusion is a common and lifesaving therapy for anemic neonates and infants, particularly among those born prematurely or undergoing surgery. However, evidence-based indications for when to administer RBCs and adverse effects of RBC transfusion on important outcomes including necrotizing enterocolitis, survival, and long-term neurodevelopmental impairment remain uncertain. In addition, blood-banking practices for preterm and term neonates and infants have been largely developed using studies from older children and adults...
October 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Jeanne E Hendrickson, Meghan Delaney
Red blood cell (RBC) sensitization occurs in some women in response to exposure to paternally derived RBC antigens during pregnancy or to nonself antigens on transfused RBCs during their lifetime. Once sensitized, future pregnancies may be at risk for hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn. Although great strides have been made over the past few decades in terms of identifying blood group antigens and in predicting fetal anemia through the use of noninvasive monitoring, many questions remain in terms of understanding RBC alloimmunization risk factors, preventative therapies, and treatment strategies...
October 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Ross M Fasano, Stella T Chou
Since the discovery of the ABO blood group in the early 20th century, more than 300 blood group antigens have been categorized among 35 blood group systems. The molecular basis for most blood group antigens has been determined and demonstrates tremendous genetic diversity, particularly in the ABO and Rh systems. Several blood group genotyping assays have been developed, and 1 platform has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a "test of record," such that no phenotype confirmation with antisera is required...
October 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Oliver Karam, Marisa Tucci
Massive transfusions occur frequently in pediatric trauma patients, among some children undergoing surgery, or in children with critical illness. Over the last years, many authors have studied different aspects of massive transfusions, starting with an operative definition. Some information is available on transfusion strategies and adjunctive treatments. Areas that require additional investigation include: studies to assess which children benefit from transfusion protocols based on fixed ratios of blood components vs transfusion strategies based on biophysical parameters and laboratory tests; whether goal-directed therapies that are personalized to the recipient will improve outcomes; or which laboratory tests best define the risk of bleeding and what clinical indicators should prompt the start and stop of massive transfusion protocols...
October 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Martha Sola-Visner, Rachel S Bercovitz
Thrombocytopenia affects approximately one fourth of neonates admitted to neonatal intensive care units, and prophylactic platelet transfusions are commonly administered to reduce bleeding risk. However, there are few evidence-based guidelines to inform clinicians' decision-making process. Developmental differences in hemostasis and differences in underlying disease processes make it difficult to apply platelet transfusion practices from other patient populations to neonates. Thrombocytopenia is a risk factor for common preterm complications such as intraventricular hemorrhage; however, a causal link has not been established, and platelet transfusions have not been shown to reduce risk of developing intraventricular hemorrhage...
October 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Bernard Khor
The balanced differentiation of naive CD4(+) T cells into either pro- or anti-inflammatory fates is a central regulator of immune homeostasis, dysregulation of which can lead to inflammatory disease or cancer. Accordingly, the development of diagnostics and therapeutics to measure and modulate this balance is of great interest. In this review, we focus on the predominant anti-inflammatory subset, regulatory T cells, discussing key concepts including development, function, antigen specificity, and lineage stability...
July 26, 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Tanja M Windegger, Christine A Lambooy, Leanne Hollis, Karen Morwood, Helen Weston, Yoke Lin Fung
Immunoglobulin replacement therapy (IRT) has an important role in minimizing infections and improving the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with immunodeficiency, who would otherwise experience recurrent infections. These plasma-derived products are available as intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) or subcutaneous immunoglobulin (SCIg). The global demand for these products is growing rapidly and has placed pressure on supply. Some malignancies and their treatment (as well as other medical therapies) can lead to secondary hypogammaglobulinemia or secondary immunodeficiency (SID) requiring IRT...
July 2, 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Olivier Salamin, Sara De Angelis, Jean-Daniel Tissot, Martial Saugy, Nicolas Leuenberger
Despite being prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency, blood doping through erythropoietin injection or blood transfusion is frequently used by athletes to increase oxygen delivery to muscles and enhance performance. In contrast with allogeneic blood transfusion and erythropoietic stimulants, there is presently no direct method of detection for autologous blood transfusion (ABT) doping. Blood reinfusion is currently monitored with individual follow-up of hematological variables via the athlete biological passport, which requires further improvement...
July 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
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