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Nilgun Çakar, Z Birsin Ozcakar, Fatih Ozaltin, Mustafa Koyun, Banu Celikel Acar, Elif Bahat, Bora Gulhan, Emine Korkmaz, Ayşe Yurt, Songül Yılmaz, Oğuz Soylemezoglu, Fatoş Yalcinkaya
BACKGROUND: There are limited data on infants with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS). The aim of this study was to determine the clinical and laboratory features, and to evaluate treatment modalities and outcomes in infants with aHUS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Relevant data on patients with onset of aHUS at age <2 years were obtained from the Turkish Pediatric aHUS Registry. RESULTS: Among the 146 patients included in the Registry, 53 (36%) (23 male and 30 female) were enrolled for the study...
March 13, 2018: Nephron
H Terence Cook
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current review will discuss recent advances in our understanding of the pathology of C3 glomerulopathy and atypical haemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS). RECENT FINDINGS: C3 glomerulopathy and aHUS are associated with abnormalities of control of the alternative pathway of complement. Recent articles have provided new insights into the classification of C3 glomerulopathy and its relationship to idiopathic immune complex-mediated glomerulonephritis...
March 6, 2018: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
M Kobrzynski, B Wile, S S Huang, G Filler
Eculizumab is the therapy of choice for patients with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS). Dosing recommendations stem from two trials: one retrospective trial (19 children and 5 infants) and one prospective trial (22 patients and 5 infants). This case report highlights the need for more precise dosing recommendations in children, particularly in infants, and for smaller vials of the medication to facilitate more precise dosing. Such changes would ensure that adverse events are minimized and that the children with aHUS who are treated with eculizumab experience an optimal clinical response...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Nephrology
Chisa Fukasawa, Saori Ooishi, Takuma Kumagai, Megumi Koshiisi, Yuki Sueki, Kei Nakajima, Toru Mitsumori, Yoko Yoshida, Hideki Kato, Masaomi Nangaku, Toshiyuki Miyata, Keita Kirito
Herein, we present an elderly onset case of aHUS successfully treated with eculizumab. An 80-year-old woman with severe anemia, thrombocytopenia, and acute renal dysfunction was admitted to our hospital. A laboratory test revealed steep elevation in the LDH level, and the peripheral blood smear showed erythrocyte fragmentations. Accordingly, we diagnosed thrombotic microangiopathy, and treatment with plasma exchange was immediately initiated. In addition, she required hemodialysis because of rapid impairment of the renal function...
2018: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Motohiko Okano, Takeshi Matsumoto, Yoshiki Nakamori, Kazuko Ino, Kana Miyazaki, Atsushi Fujieda, Yuka Sugimoto, Isao Tawara, Motoko Yamaguchi, Kohshi Ohishi, Hiroshi Miwa, Masahiro Masuya, Hideo Wada, Naoyuki Katayama
A 23-year-old man from Mie Prefecture, Japan, with past and family history of hematuria was diagnosed with influenza A and admitted to our hospital on the following day because of hemoglobinuria. He was diagnosed with thrombotic microangiopathy and was suspected of having atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS). C3 p.I1157T missense mutation, which we had previously reported in eight aHUS patients from six families in Mie Prefecture, was identified. The laboratory findings and symptoms of our patient promptly improved after administering eculizumab...
2018: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Madoka Fujisawa, Hideki Kato, Yoko Yoshida, Tomoko Usui, Munenori Takata, Mika Fujimoto, Hideo Wada, Yumiko Uchida, Koichi Kokame, Masanori Matsumoto, Yoshihiro Fujimura, Toshiyuki Miyata, Masaomi Nangaku
BACKGROUND: Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) is caused by complement overactivation, and its presentation and prognosis differ according to the underlying molecular defects. The aim of this study was to characterize the genetic backgrounds of aHUS patients in Japan and to elucidate the associations between their genetic backgrounds, clinical findings, and outcomes. METHODS: We conducted a nationwide epidemiological survey of clinically diagnosed aHUS patients and examined 118 patients enrolled from 1998 to 2016 in Japan...
March 6, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
Amy J Osborne, Matteo Breno, Nicolo Ghiringhelli Borsa, Fengxiao Bu, Véronique Frémeaux-Bacchi, Daniel P Gale, Lambertus P van den Heuvel, David Kavanagh, Marina Noris, Sheila Pinto, Pavithra M Rallapalli, Giuseppe Remuzzi, Santiago Rodríguez de Cordoba, Angela Ruiz, Richard J H Smith, Paula Vieira-Martins, Elena Volokhina, Valerie Wilson, Timothy H J Goodship, Stephen J Perkins
Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) and C3 glomerulopathy (C3G) are associated with dysregulation and overactivation of the complement alternative pathway. Typically, gene analysis for aHUS and C3G is undertaken in small patient numbers, yet it is unclear which genes most frequently predispose to aHUS or C3G. Accordingly, we performed a six-center analysis of 610 rare genetic variants in 13 mostly complement genes ( CFH , CFI , CD46 , C3 , CFB , CFHR1 , CFHR3 , CFHR4 , CFHR5 , CFP , PLG , DGKE , and THBD ) from >3500 patients with aHUS and C3G...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Bahadur Singh Gurjar, T Manikanta Sriharsha, Angika Bhasym, Savit Prabhu, Mamta Puraswani, Priyanka Khandelwal, Himanshi Saini, Savita Saini, Anita Kamra Verma, Priyadarshini Chatterjee, Prasenjit Gucchait, Vineeta Bal, Anna George, Satyajit Rath, Arvind Sahu, Amita Sharma, Pankaj Hari, Aditi Sinha, Arvind Bagga
We previously reported that Indian pediatric patients of atypical hemolytic-uremic syndrome (aHUS) showed high frequencies of anti-complement factor H (FH) autoantibodies that are correlated with homozygous deletion of the genes for FH-related proteins 1 and 3 (FHR1 and FHR3) (FHR1/3-/-). We now report that Indian pediatric aHUS patients without anti-FH autoantibodies also showed modestly higher frequencies of the FHR1/3-/- genotype. Further, when we characterized epitope specificities and binding avidities of anti-FH autoantibodies in aHUS patients, most anti-FH autoantibodies were directed towards the FH cell-surface anchoring polyanionic binding site-containing C-terminal short conservative regions (SCRs) 17-20 with higher binding avidities than for native FH...
February 27, 2018: Immunology
Masafumi Ono, Naro Ohashi, Akio Namikawa, Naoko Katahashi, Sayaka Ishigaki, Naoko Tsuji, Shinsuke Isobe, Takamasa Iwakura, Yukitoshi Sakao, Takayuki Tsuji, Akihiko Kato, Yoshihide Fujigaki, Akira Shimizu, Hideo Yasuda
A 31-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital for thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA). She was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and class V lupus nephritis. She had no aggravated SLE activity, Shiga toxin positivity, ADAMTS13 abnormality, or other causes of secondary TMA. Plasma exchange partially improved TMA, and eculizumab was introduced for suspected atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), as eculizumab was effective in suppressing the TMA activity. A kidney biopsy revealed diffusely organized crescents (pseudotubulization) with glomerular and arteriolar endothelial injury and subepithelial immune deposits...
February 9, 2018: Internal Medicine
S Mota, C Filipe, A L Almeida
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura and atypical haemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) are acute, rare, life-threatening thrombotic microangiopathies that require swift management. We report a case of acute microangiopathic haemolytic anaemia (MAHA) presenting in perioperative setting. CLINICAL CASE: After hepatic pericystectomy for hydatid cyst, a 46-year-old female developed MAHA, thrombocytopenia and acute renal failure in the immediate postoperative period...
February 6, 2018: Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación
Lucy Fox, Solomon J Cohney, Joshua Y Kausman, Jake Shortt, Peter D Hughes, Erica M Wood, Nicole M Isbel, Theo de Malmanche, Anne Durkan, Pravin Hissaria, Piers Blombery, Thomas D Barbour
Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) arises in a variety of clinical circumstances with the potential to cause significant dysfunction of the kidneys, brain, gastrointestinal tract and heart. TMA should be considered in all patients with thrombocytopenia and anaemia, with an immediate request to the haematology laboratory to look for red cell fragments on a blood film. Whilst TMA of any aetiology generally demands prompt treatment, this is especially so in thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS), where organ failure may be precipitous, irreversible and fatal...
February 8, 2018: Nephrology
Anwesha A Mukherjee, Amit D Kandhare, Subhash L Bodhankar
BACKGROUND: Hemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) is progressive renal failure disease and determination of their quality of life (QoL) on the basis of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are becoming increasingly important in the economic evaluations for its treatment with eculizumab (ECU). AIM: To perform the systematic evaluation of QoL in HUS patients treated with ECU on the basis of Evaluating Measures of Patient Reported Outcomes (EMPRO) tool. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A systematic review was conducted in PubMed, EMBASE, the Cochrane Library, CINAHL and Google Scholar till September 2016 by two independent researchers...
November 2018: Renal Failure
Johanna A Kremer Hovinga, Silvan R Heeb, Magdalena Skowronska, Monica Schaller
Thrombotic microangiopathies are rare disorders characterized by the concomitant occurrence of severe thrombocytopenia, microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, and a variable degree of ischemic end organ damage. The latter particularly affects the brain, the heart and the kidneys. The primary forms, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), although in their clinical presentation often overlapping, have distinctive pathophysiologies. TTP is the consequence of a severe ADAMTS13 deficiency, immune-mediated due to circulating autoantibodies (iTTP), or caused by mutations in the ADAMTS13 gene (cTTP)...
January 22, 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
Akira Ashida, Hideki Matsumura, Toshihiro Sawai, Rika Fujimaru, Yuko Fujii, Akihiko Shirasu, Hyogo Nakakura, Kazumoto Iijima
BACKGROUND: Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) includes hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). This study examined the epidemiological characteristics of pediatric patients with TMA classified according to etiology. METHODS: The survey evaluated 258 Japanese pediatric patients diagnosed with TMA between 2012 and 2015. RESULTS: The primary diseases responsible for TMA were categorized as TTP (15 cases), Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli-associated HUS (STEC-HUS) (166 cases), atypical HUS (aHUS) (40 cases), and secondary TMA (27 cases)...
January 19, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
Stefan Michelfelder, Friedericke Fischer, Astrid Wäldin, Kim V Hörle, Martin Pohl, Juliana Parsons, Ralf Reski, Eva L Decker, Peter F Zipfel, Christine Skerka, Karsten Häffner
The complement system is essential for host defense, but uncontrolled complement system activation leads to severe, mostly renal pathologies, such as atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome or C3 glomerulopathy. Here, we investigated a novel combinational approach to modulate complement activation by targeting C3 and the terminal pathway simultaneously. The synthetic fusion protein MFHR1 links the regulatory domains of complement factor H (FH) with the C5 convertase/C5b-9 inhibitory fragment of the FH-related protein 1...
January 15, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
Ellen F Carney
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January 15, 2018: Nature Reviews. Nephrology
Vinod Krishnappa, Mohit Gupta, Haikoo Shah, Abhijit Das, Natthavat Tanphaichitr, Robert Novak, Rupesh Raina
BACKGROUND: Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) secondary to gemcitabine therapy (GiTMA) is a very rare pathology that carries a poor prognosis, with nearly half of the cases progressing to end stage renal disease. GiTMA is most commonly associated with adenocarcinomas, most notably pancreatic cancers. The mainstay of management is withdrawal of the offending drug and supportive care. Plasmapheresis has a limited role and hemodialysis may help in the management of fluid overload secondary to renal failure...
January 12, 2018: BMC Nephrology
Edwin K S Wong, David Kavanagh
Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), C3 glomerulopathy (C3G), and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) are prototypical disorders of complement dysregulation. Although complement overactivation is common to all, cell surface alternative pathway dysregulation (aHUS), fluid phase alternative pathway dysregulation (C3G), or terminal pathway dysregulation (PNH) predominates resulting in the very different phenotypes seen in these diseases. The mechanism underlying the dysregulation also varies with predominant acquired autoimmune (C3G), somatic mutations (PNH), or inherited germline mutations (aHUS) predisposing to disease...
January 11, 2018: Seminars in Immunopathology
Melih Ustaoğlu, Feyza Önder, Nilgün Solmaz, Savaş Öztürk, Mesut Ayer
A 25-year-old woman presented with acute bilateral blurred vision and history of headache, dizziness, and syncope for three days. Her visual acuity was 20/60 in both eyes. Fundoscopy revealed multiple bilateral peripapillary yellow-white patches like cotton wool spots, intraretinal hemorrhages and macular edema. The patient was diagnosed with Purtscher-like retinopathy based on the retinal findings and lack of trauma history. She was urgently admitted to the nephrology clinic due to thrombotic microangiopathy findings (hemoglobinemia, thrombocytopenia, and acute renal failure)...
December 2017: Turkish Journal of Ophthalmology
Ryszard Grenda, Piotr Kaliciński
Combined and sequential liver-kidney transplantation (CLKT and SLKT) is a definitive treatment in children with end-stage organ failure. There are two major indications: - terminal insufficiency of both organs, or - need for transplanting new liver as a source of lacking enzyme or specific regulator of the immune system in a patient with renal failure. A third (uncommon) option is secondary end-stage renal failure in liver transplant recipients. These three clinical settings use distinct qualification algorithms...
January 10, 2018: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
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