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'Plasma exchange'

Hanny Al-Samkari, Rachael F Grace, Jean M Connors
Acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is an autoimmune disorder resulting in potentially life-threating systemic thrombotic microangiopathy due to production of antibodies directed against the von Willebrand factor-cleaving protease ADAMTS13. Typically managed with plasma exchange, glucocorticoids, and the first-generation anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody rituximab, patients with multiple relapses or refractory disease present unique management challenges. We describe a case of a young woman with multiple relapses of TTP despite standard therapy who was treated with ofatumumab, a second-generation anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, after developing a severe hypersensitivity reaction to rituximab precluding its use...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Vincent Mallet, Rebecca Sberro-Soussan, Anne-Marie Roque-Afonso, Anaïs Vallet-Pichard, Bénédicte Deau, Alix Portal, Marie-Laure Chaix, Lisette Hauser, Alexandre Beylouné, Anne Mercadier, Jacques Izopet, Christophe Legendre, Stanislas Pol
BACKGROUND: After observing a case of plasma exchange-mediated HEV infections in a kidney transplant recipient, we investigated the relationship between plasma exchange and HEV infection after kidney transplantation. METHODS: A cohort of 263 patients who underwent kidney transplantation from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2012 was screened for HEV markers, including anti-HEV IgG and IgM antibodies and HEV RNA, on 3 consecutive blood samples: 1 before, 1 a mean (SD) of 9...
March 20, 2018: Transplantation
Ulkem Kocoglu Barlas, Hasan Serdar Kıhtır, Nilufer Goknar, Melike Ersoy, Nihal Akcay, Esra Sevketoglu
BACKGROUND: Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is a clinical syndrome characterized by hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, and acute kidney injury. Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) is a devastating disease with significant mortality and high risk of progression to end-stage kidney disease. It is mostly caused by dysregulation of the alternative complement pathway. Cobalamin C (Cbl C) defect is a genetic disorder of cobalamin metabolism and is a rare cause of HUS. CASE-DIAGNOSIS/TREATMENT: We present a 6-month-old male infant who was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) due to restlessness, severe hypertension, anemia, respiratory distress, and acute kidney injury...
March 20, 2018: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Vishnu Garla, Karthik Kovvuru, Shradha Ahuja, Venkatataman Palabindala, Bharat Malhotra, Sohail Abdul Salim
Aim: To present a case of Graves' disease complicated by methimazole induced agranulocytosis treated with therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) and review of the literature. Case Presentation: A 21-year-old patient with a history of Graves' disease presented to the endocrine clinic. His history was significant for heat intolerance, weight loss, and tremors. Upon examination he had tachycardia, smooth goiter, thyroid bruit, and hyperactive reflexes. He was started on methimazole and metoprolol and thyroidectomy was to be done once his thyroid function tests normalized...
2018: Case Reports in Endocrinology
Satoko Noguchi, Junichi Saito, Tomoyuki Kudo, Eiji Hashiba, Kazuyoshi Hirota
Background: We have reviewed four cases of Kawasaki disease treated with plasma exchange with 5% albumin in electrolyte-balanced solution, according to the recommended guidelines for Kawasaki disease in the intensive care unit, as their responses to intravenous immunoglobulin therapy were poor. Case presentation: The four cases were aged between 5 months and 3 years and weighted between 6.4 and 15.6 kg. The plasma levels of C-reactive protein were significantly decreased after plasma exchange ( p  < 0...
2018: JA Clin Rep
Luis Palma-Garcia, Victor Velásquez-Rimachi, Armando Pezo-Pezo, Joseph Roig, Julio Perez-Villegas
BACKGROUND: Therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) is an extracorporeal procedure which consists of removing the patient's plasma and replacing it with an appropriate replacement fluid. Plasma and blood cells are separated by a centrifugation process. Our department has used TPE for several years, and in 2013 we introduced an institutional apheresis protocol. The main objective of this report is to describe the TPE procedures performed between 2013 and 2016 in the Peruvian population. METHODS: We analyzed the technical and clinical aspects of 864 centrifugal TPE procedures as well as the associated complications...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Clinical Apheresis
Samuel Romero, Amparo Sempere, Inés Gómez-Seguí, Elena Román, Andrés Moret, Rosa Jannone, Iván Moreno, Santiago Mendizábal, Jordi Espí, Ana Peris, Rafael Carbonell, José Cervera, Javier Pemán, Santiago Bonanad, Javier de la Rubia, Isidro Jarque
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The term thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) involves a heterogeneous group of diseases that can be overwhelming or invalidating, with an acute development, characterised by microangiopathic haemolytic anaemia and thrombocytopaenia. Its management during its initial hours is essential to improving the prognostic of these patients. The aim of this review is to give recommendations about the optimisation of TMA initial treatment and to accelerate the aetiological diagnosis...
March 10, 2018: Medicina Clínica
Oluwatoyosi A Onwuemene, Steven C Grambow, Chetan B Patel, Robert J Mentz, Carmelo A Milano, Joseph G Rogers, Ara D Metjian, Gowthami M Arepally, Thomas L Ortel
INTRODUCTION: Limited data are available describing indications for and outcomes of therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) in cardiac transplantation. METHODS: In a retrospective study of patients who underwent cardiac transplantation at Duke University Medical Center from 2010 to 2014, we reviewed 3 TPE treatment patterns: a Single TPE procedure within 24 h of transplant; Multiple TPE procedures initiated within 24 h of transplant; and 1 or more TPE procedures beginning >24 h post-transplant...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Clinical Apheresis
Cheryl L Maier, Phillip J Gross, Christina L Dean, Satheesh Chonat, Andrew Ip, Morgan McLemore, Fuad El Rassi, Sean R Stowell, Cassandra D Josephson, Ross M Fasano
BACKGROUND: Fever accompanying vaso-occlusive crisis is a common presentation in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) and carries a broad differential diagnosis. Here, we report a case of transfusion-transmitted malaria in a patient with SCD presenting with acute vaso-occlusive crisis and rapidly decompensating to multisystem organ failure (MSOF). CASE REPORT: An 18-year-old African American male with SCD was admitted after multiple days of fever and severe generalized body pain...
March 9, 2018: Transfusion
Christopher Hollen, Omer Suhaib, Aaron Farrow, Evgeny Sidorov
We present a case of an 82-year-old man with new-onset neuromyelitis optica (NMO) spectrum disorder, the treatment of which was complicated by a severe pre-existing prednisone allergy. His age caused much initial doubt about his diagnosis, and his corticosteroid allergy altered our management as we attempted to minimize risk to the patient. Our patient was a healthy 82-year-old, right-handed man who presented with sensory loss of the bilateral lower extremities and progressive, painless vision loss. MRI showed bilateral pre-chiasmatic optic nerve and optic chiasm enhancement, along with enhancement within the thoracic spinal cord from T3 to T7...
January 2018: Case Reports in Neurology
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
Anita Lwanga, David O Kamson, Tiffany E Wilkins, Vinny Sharma, Jefree J Schulte, James Miller, Ikram Hassan, Ricardo R Lastra
N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor encephalitis (NMDARe) is one of 13 autoimmune-mediated encephalitides that have been discovered over the last decade. This case report describes the course of a 26-year-old female who presented with new-onset seizures and insomnia, complicated by encephalitis. The initial workup ruled out common causes of encephalitis, while a transvaginal ultrasound (TVUS), and computed tomography (CT) scans of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis did not identify a mass. Based on the suspicion that she may have autoimmune encephalitis, the patient was treated with intravenous immunoglobulins and plasma exchange, but continued to deteriorate...
January 1, 2018: Neuroradiology Journal
Qiu-Hua Gu, Xiao-Yu Jia, Shui-Yi Hu, Su-Xia Wang, Wan-Zhong Zou, Zhao Cui, Ming-Hui Zhao
Patients with both anti-glomerular basement membrane (anti-GBM) disease and Castleman disease have been rarely reported. In this study, we report 3 patients with this combination. They had immunologic features similar to patients with classic anti-GBM disease. Sera from the 3 patients recognized the noncollagenous (NC) domain of the α3 chain of type IV collagen (α3(IV)NC1) and its 2 major epitopes, EA and EB. All 4 immunogloblin G (IgG) subclasses against α3(IV)NC1 were detectable, with predominance of IgG1...
March 3, 2018: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
X-Q Che, Z-Q Li, Z Chen, D Guo, Q-Y Jia, S-C Jiang, J Cai
OBJECTIVE: Hepatic failure (HF) is a kind of complex disease characterizing with liver dysfunction and a few clinical complications. Artificial liver support system (ALSS) has been applied to HF patients to improve dysfunctional liver in recent years. This study aims to evaluate therapeutic effects of ALSS approaches, including plasma exchange (PE), plasma diafiltration (PDF) and plasma bilirubin adsorption (PBA), on liver function of HF patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study is a retrospective analysis involving 516 patients diagnosed as HF between February 2014 and February 2015...
February 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Emre Tekgündüz, Mehmet Yılmaz, Mehmet Ali Erkurt, Ilhami Kiki, Ali Hakan Kaya, Leylagul Kaynar, Inci Alacacioglu, Guven Cetin, Ibrahim Ozarslan, Irfan Kuku, Gulden Sincan, Ozan Salim, Sinem Namdaroglu, Abdullah Karakus, Volkan Karakus, Fevzi Altuntas, Ismail Sari, Gulsum Ozet, Ismet Aydogdu, Vahap Okan, Emin Kaya, Rahsan Yildirim, Esra Yildizhan, Gokhan Ozgur, Osman Ilhami Ozcebe, Bahriye Payzin, Seval Akpinar, Fatih Demirkan
Thrombotic microangiopathies (TMAs) are rare, but life-threatening disorders characterized by microangiopathic hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia (MAHAT) associated with multiorgan dysfunction as a result of microvascular thrombosis and tissue ischemia. The differentiation of the etiology is of utmost importance as the pathophysiological basis will dictate the choice of appropriate treatment. We retrospectively evaluated 154 (99 females and 55 males) patients who received therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) due to a presumptive diagnosis of TMA, who had serum ADAMTS13 activity/anti-ADAMTS13 antibody analysis at the time of hospital admission...
February 20, 2018: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
Sibel Akpinar Tekgunduz, Abdurrahman Kara, Ikbal Oz Bozkaya, Adnan Cagli, Namık Yasar Ozbek
The use of therapeutic plasma exchange in the pediatric age group is mostly based on retrospective, single-center experiences. The decision to implement apheresis in pediatric patients is usually adopted from the results of studies on adult patients. In order to expand the limited data on pediatric TPE in general and non-hematooncological disorders in particular, we retrospectively evaluated TPE experience in pediatric patients who underwent the procedure for reasons other than hematooncological disorders. A total of 160 sessions in 34 patients (21 females and 13 males) with a median age of 7 (1-17) were analyzed...
February 21, 2018: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
José Fidel Baizabal-Carvallo, Marlene Alonso-Juarez
Several neurological disorders have been described in patients with autoimmunity associated with GAD antibodies. Among these disorders, nystagmus and oculomotor dysfunction are increasingly recognized, although they have been rarely reported isolated or as the main manifestation of anti-GAD autoimmunity. Moreover, therapeutic approaches for such patients are unclear. Here we present a 44-year-old man with disabling oscillopsia secondary to downbeat nystagmus, abnormal saccades, ocular pursuit and optokinetic nystagmus, as well as mild gait ataxia and cerebellar atrophy associated with high serum GAD antibodies with intrathecal secretion of such antibodies...
April 15, 2018: Journal of Neuroimmunology
Jong Man Kim, Choon Hyuck David Kwon, Jae-Won Joh, Sangbin Han, Jeejin Yoo, Kyunga Kim, Dong Hyun Sinn, Gyu-Seong Choi, David A Gerber, Hiroto Egawa, Suk-Koo Lee
BACKGROUND: ABO-incompatible (ABO-I) living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) has a high success rate. This study compares HCC recurrence in ABO-I LDLT with that in ABO-compatible (ABO-C) LDLT and explores the effects of rituximab prophylaxis and total plasma exchange (TPE) on HCC recurrence after LDLT. METHODS: Two-hundred forty patients with a diagnosis of HCC underwent LDLT between 2010 and 2015. Fifty-nine patients underwent ABO-I LDLT. RESULTS: Baseline, perioperative, and tumor characteristics did not vary between the two groups...
February 28, 2018: Transplantation
Mizuki Yagishita, Yuya Kondo, Toshihiko Terasaki, Mayu Terasaki, Masaru Shimizu, Fumika Honda, Ayako Oyama, Hiroyuki Takahashi, Masahiro Yokosawa, Hiromitsu Asashima, Shinya Hagiwara, Hiroto Tsuboi, Isao Matsumoto, Takayuki Sumida
Patients with clinically amyopathic dermatomyositis (CADM), a subset of dermatomyositis characterized by a lack of muscle involvement, frequently develop rapidly progressive and treatment-resistant interstitial lung disease. We report the case of a 49-year-old man who was diagnosed with CADM. He developed interstitial pneumonia, which did not respond to combination therapy with methylprednisolone pulse therapy, cyclophosphamide, and cyclosporine. We therefore attempted plasma exchange. After 7 courses of therapeutic plasma exchange, the interstitial pneumonia gradually improved...
February 28, 2018: Internal Medicine
Amelia Ruffatti, Marta Tonello, Ariela Hoxha, Savino Sciascia, Maria J Cuadrado, José O Latino, Sebastian Udry, Tatiana Reshetnyak, Nathalie Costedoat-Chalumeau, Nathalie Morel, Luca Marozio, Angela Tincani, Laura Andreoli, Ewa Haladyj, Pier L Meroni, Maria Gerosa, Jaume Alijotas-Reig, Sara Tenti, Karoline Mayer-Pickel, Michal J Simchen, Maria T Bertero, Sara De Carolis, Véronique Ramoni, Arsène Mekinian, Elvira Grandone, Aldo Maina, Fátima Serrano, Vittorio Pengo, Munther A Khamashta
The effect of additional treatments combined with conventional therapy on pregnancy outcomes was examined in high-risk primary antiphospholipid syndrome (PAPS) patients to identify the most effective treatment strategy. The study's inclusion criteria were (1) positivity to lupus anticoagulant alone or associated with anticardiolipin and/or anti-β2 glycoprotein I antibodies; (2) a history of severe maternal-foetal complications (Group I) or a history of one or more pregnancies refractory to conventional therapy leading to unexplained foetal deaths not associated with severe maternal-foetal complications (Group II)...
February 28, 2018: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
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