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Journal of Blood Medicine

Sabine Blum, Filipe Martins, Lorenzo Alberio
The discovery of JAK2 V617F mutation in the mid-2000s started to fill the gap between clinical presentation of polycythemia vera (PV), first described by Vaquez at the end of the 19th century, and spontaneous erythroid colony formation, reported by Prchal and Axelrad in the mid-1970s. The knowledge on this mutation brought an important insight to our understanding of PV pathogenesis and led to a revision of the World Health Organization diagnostic criteria in 2008. JAK-STAT is a major signaling pathway implicated in survival and proliferation of hematopoietic precursors...
2016: Journal of Blood Medicine
Martin W Besser, Stephen G MacDonald
Acquired hypofibrinogenemia is most frequently caused by hemodilution and consumption of clotting factors. The aggressive replacement of fibrinogen has become one of the core principles of modern management of massive hemorrhage. The best method for determining the patient's fibrinogen level remains controversial, and particularly in acquired dysfibrinogenemia, could have major therapeutic implications depending on which quantification method is chosen. This review introduces the available laboratory and point-of-care methods and discusses the relative advantages and limitations...
2016: Journal of Blood Medicine
Louise Man, H Raymond Tahhan
A current focus of transfusion medicine is a judicious strategy in transfusion of blood products. Unfortunately, our ability to predict hemoglobin (Hgb) response to transfusion has been limited. The objective of this study was to determine variability of response to red blood cell transfusion and to predict which patients will have an Hgb rise higher or lower than that predicted by the long-standing convention of "one and three". This was a retrospective chart review in a single hospital. Data for 167 consecutive patient encounters were reviewed...
2016: Journal of Blood Medicine
Pratima Chowdary, Emma Fosbury, Anne Riddell, Mary Mathias
rFVIIIFc (efraloctocog alfa, Eloctate(®)) is an extended half-life (EHL) factor VIII licensed for use in patients with hemophilia A for prophylaxis and treatment of bleeding and surgical episodes. Pharmacokinetic studies in adults have shown a mean 1.5-fold increase in half-life compared to full-length factor VIII. When compared to adults, the half-life is decreased by 8% in adolescents between 12 and 17 years, by 18% in children 6 to <12 years, and by 33% in children between the ages of 2 and <6 years...
2016: Journal of Blood Medicine
Joseph Rosenthal
Transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy (TA-TMA) is a multifactorial disorder caused by systemic vascular endothelial injury that can be triggered by several mechanisms during the transplant process. Thrombotic microangiopathy may affect multiple systems and occurs in ~30% of patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. A subgroup of patients with thrombotic microangiopathy develop TA-TMA, and the other may develop other thrombotic microangiopathic disorders such as thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, a condition with similar finding but different pathophysiology involving ADAMTS-13...
2016: Journal of Blood Medicine
Johanna Mondesir, Christophe Willekens, Mehdi Touat, Stéphane de Botton
Isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 and 2 (IDH1 and IDH2) are key metabolic enzymes that convert isocitrate to α-ketoglutarate. IDH1/2 mutations define distinct subsets of cancers, including low-grade gliomas and secondary glioblastomas, chondrosarcomas, intrahepatic cholangiocarcinomas, and hematologic malignancies. Somatic point mutations in IDH1/2 confer a gain-of-function in cancer cells, resulting in the accumulation and secretion in vast excess of an oncometabolite, the D-2-hydroxyglutarate (D-2HG). Overproduction of D-2HG interferes with cellular metabolism and epigenetic regulation, contributing to oncogenesis...
2016: Journal of Blood Medicine
Karim Bayanzay, Lama Alzoebie
Hypertransfusion regimens for thalassemic patients revolutionized the management of severe thalassemia; transforming a disease which previously led to early infant death into a chronic condition. The devastating effect of the accrued iron from chronic blood transfusions necessitates a more finely tuned approach to limit the complications of the disease, as well as its treatment. A comprehensive approach including carefully tailored transfusion protocol, continuous monitoring and assessment of total body iron levels, and iron chelation are currently the mainstay in treating iron overload...
2016: Journal of Blood Medicine
Kah-Lok Chan, Stephen Lade, H Miles Prince, Simon J Harrison
First described 60 years ago, Castleman disease comprises a rare and heterogeneous cluster of disorders, characterized by lymphadenopathy with unique histological features and associated with cytokine-driven constitutional symptoms and biochemical disturbances. Although unicentric Castleman disease is curable with complete surgical excision, its multicentric counterpart is a considerable therapeutic challenge. The recent development of biological agents, particularly monoclonal antibodies to interleukin-6 and its receptor, allow for more targeted disease-specific intervention that promises improved response rates and more durable disease control; however, further work is required to fill knowledge gaps in terms of underlying pathophysiology and to facilitate alternative treatment options for refractory cases...
2016: Journal of Blood Medicine
Kyung Hee Kim, Ki Young Oh
Phlebotomy is the removal of blood from the body, and therapeutic phlebotomy is the preferred treatment for blood disorders in which the removal of red blood cells or serum iron is the most efficient method for managing the symptoms and complications. Therapeutic phlebotomy is currently indicated for the treatment of hemochromatosis, polycythemia vera, porphyria cutanea tarda, sickle cell disease, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease with hyperferritinemia. This review discusses therapeutic phlebotomy and the related disorders and also offers guidelines for establishing a therapeutic phlebotomy program...
2016: Journal of Blood Medicine
Jennifer Pocoski, Nanxin Li, Rajeev Ayyagari, Nikki Church, Monika Maas Enriquez, Quer Xiang, Sneha Kelkar, Ella X Du, Eric Q Wu, Jipan Xie
BACKGROUND: No head-to-head trials comparing recombinant factor VIII (rFVIII) products currently exist. This was a matching-adjusted indirect comparison (MAIC) study of efficacy of BAY 81-8973 with antihemophilic factor (recombinant) plasma/albumin-free method (rAHF-PFM) and turoctocog alfa for the prophylaxis of severe hemophilia A. METHODS: A systematic literature review was conducted to identify trials of rAHF-PFM and turoctocog alfa. Comparisons were conducted using BAY 81-8973 individual patient data (IPD) from LEOPOLD trials and published data from rAHF-PFM and turoctocog alfa trials...
2016: Journal of Blood Medicine
Tung Thanh Wynn, Burak Gumuscu
Hemophilia A, a deficiency in the activity of coagulation factor (F) VIII, is an X-linked bleeding disorder with an approximate incidence of one in 5,000 male infants. Bleeding-related complications often result in greater severity of disease, poor quality of life, surgical interventions for severe joint destruction, and shortened life span. With the availability of plasma-derived and recombinant FVIII products, the benefits of primary prophylaxis were demonstrated and is now the standard of care for patients with severe factor deficiencies...
2016: Journal of Blood Medicine
Mustapha Haddouche, Warda Meziane, Zeyneb Hadjidj, Naima Mesli, Mourad Aribi
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to highlight the clinical association of baseline levels of conjugated dienes in low-density lipoprotein (LDL-BCD) and nitric oxide (NO) with immunoglobulins (Igs) and T helper (Th)1/Th2 ratio in patients with newly diagnosed B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Thirty-two newly diagnosed patients with aggressive B-cell NHL and 25 age-, sex-, and body-mass-index-matched healthy controls were randomly selected for a cross-sectional case-control study conducted at the Hematology Department of Tlemcen Medical Centre University (northwest of Algeria)...
2016: Journal of Blood Medicine
Yarden S Fraiman, Nathan Cuka, Denise Batista, Milena Vuica-Ross, Alison R Moliterno
Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), a disease characterized by intravascular hemolysis, thrombosis, and bone marrow failure, is associated with mutations in the PIG-A gene, resulting in a deficiency of glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored proteins. Many hypotheses have been posed as to whether PNH and PIG-A mutations result in an intrinsic survival benefit of CD55(-)/CD59(-) cells or an extrinsic permissive environment that allows for their clonal expansion within the bone marrow compartment. Recent data have identified the concurrence of PIG-A mutations with additional genetic mutations associated with myeloproliferative disorders, suggesting that some presentations of PNH are the result of a stepwise progression of genetic mutations similar to other myelodysplastic or myeloproliferative syndromes...
2016: Journal of Blood Medicine
Prakash Vishnu, David M Aboulafia
Inhibition of platelet production and mediated by antiplatelet antibodies is a well-known mechanism causing low platelet counts in immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). Use of thrombopoietin receptor agonists increases platelet counts and decreases the risk of bleeding in patients with ITP. Two such thrombopoietin receptor agonists, romiplostim and eltrombopag, are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat thrombocytopenia in adults, and most recently, children with persistent or chronic ITP. This review focuses on the efficacy data and safety analysis of the pooled data from the clinical trials evaluating romiplostim for treatment of adults with ITP...
2016: Journal of Blood Medicine
Miwa Goto, Hideyuki Takedani, Kazuhiko Yokota, Nobuhiko Haga
Hemophilia is a bleeding disorder caused by a congenital abnormality of blood coagulation. Until the mid-1970s, patients with hemophilia (PWH) were advised to refrain from physical activity (PA) because of a perceived increased risk of bleeding. Since then, PA, which is recognized as being essential for health maintenance, is now recommended by the World Federation of Hemophilia. Moreover, a number of studies reported that PA can improve treatment efficacy and prevent bleeding in PWH. Physical assessment and intervention in PA are currently used in clinical practice...
2016: Journal of Blood Medicine
Molly Megan Gallogly, Hillard M Lazarus
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a hematologic malignancy that carries a poor prognosis and has garnered few treatment advances in the last few decades. Mutation of the internal tandem duplication (ITD) region of fms-like tyrosine kinase (FLT3) is considered high risk for decreased response and overall survival. Midostaurin is a Type III receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor found to inhibit FLT3 and other receptor tyrosine kinases, including platelet-derived growth factor receptors, cyclin-dependent kinase 1, src, c-kit, and vascular endothelial growth factor receptor...
2016: Journal of Blood Medicine
Lilian M Pereira Palma, Craig B Langman
The biology of atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome has been shown to involve inability to limit activation of the alternative complement pathway, with subsequent damage to systemic endothelial beds and the vasculature, resulting in the prototypic findings of a thrombotic microangiopathy. Central to this process is the formation of the terminal membrane attack complex C5b-9. Recently, application of a monoclonal antibody that specifically binds to C5, eculizumab, became available to treat patients with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome, replacing plasma exchange or infusion as primary therapy...
2016: Journal of Blood Medicine
Moniba Nazeef, John P Sheehan
Hemophilia B is an X-linked genetic deficiency of coagulation factor IX (FIX) activity associated with recurrent deep tissue and joint bleeding that may lead to long-term disability. FIX replacement therapy using plasma-derived protein or recombinant protein has significantly reduced bleeding and disability from hemophilia B, particularly when used in a prophylactic fashion. Although modern factor replacement has excellent efficacy and safety, barriers to the broader use of prophylaxis remain, including the need for intravenous (IV) access, frequent dosing, variability in individual pharmacokinetics, and cost...
2016: Journal of Blood Medicine
Shailesh Kumar Mishra, Suchet Sachdev, Neelam Marwaha, Ajit Avasthi
INTRODUCTION: The study was conducted to assess the knowledge and attitude of college-going students toward voluntary blood donation and to bring out and compare the reasons for donating or not donating blood. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 1,000 college-going students after taking their consent for participation using a prevalidated, self-administered, structured questionnaire after its content and construct validation. RESULTS: The difference in the means of the level of knowledge among the donor (mean: 14...
2016: Journal of Blood Medicine
N Arathi, P K Sasidharan, P Geetha
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease in which cells and tissues undergo damage mediated by tissue-binding autoantibodies. At its onset, it may involve one organ alone or more than one organ simultaneously; over a time, additional manifestations due to the involvement of other organs may occur. Our observations have confirmed that hematological manifestations are the commonest initial presentation in SLE. The criteria used till 2012 was the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria, which is only a classification criterion and not really for diagnosis; if we rely on ACR criteria, the diagnosis is often delayed...
2016: Journal of Blood Medicine
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