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refractory rejection

Isabella Guzzo, Federica Morolli, Francesca Diomedi Camassei, Antonina Piazza, Elvira Poggi, Luca Dello Strologo
BACKGROUND: Several cases of severe antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) secondary to antibodies against the angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1R-Ab) have been described with variable outcome. CASE-DIAGNOSIS/TREATMENT: We report the case of a 13-year-old boy whose first kidney transplant failed due to steroid-resistant acute cellular rejection, with the subsequent development of sensitization. He received a second kidney transplant which was complicated by early humoral rejection, with weakly positive staining for the complement degradation product C4d...
October 17, 2016: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Ting-Hua Yang, Chung-Hong Hu, Hsiou-Hsin Tsai
INTRODUCTION: Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) is a neutrophilic dermatosis that may be associated with systemic diseases. The association of PG with lymphoid malignancies has rarely been reported. Extranodal natural killer/T-cell lymphoma (ENKTL) is a rare but aggressive entity with a poor prognosis. Here, we report the case of a patient who had idiopathic PG refractory to systemic steroids and subsequently developed ENKTL. CASE REPORT: A 70-year-old man presented with a 2-month history of intermittent fever and multifocal painful papules, plaques, and ulcerations on his extremities...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Xin Liu, Qi Zhou, Xinyu Huang, Zhenxing Liu, Yanlong Bi
The study aimed to evaluate the therapeutic effects of deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) using glycerol-cryopreserved corneal tissues (GCCTs) in patients with refractive herpes simplex keratitis (HSK). This article was a retrospective, noncomparative, and interventional case series. Patients with HSK underwent DALK using GCCTs at Shanghai Tongji Hospital from 2012 to 2015. The best spectacle corrected visual acuity, recurrent inflammation, graft status, postoperative central graft thickness, and pre/postoperative complications were detected...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Victoria Anne Saites, Rachel Hadler, Jacob Thomas Gutsche, Krzysztof Laudanski
BACKGROUND Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a rare hematological disease characterized by an excessive inflammatory response to various triggers, resulting in rapid multi-organ failure. Its incidence may be underestimated due to its rarity, its variable clinical presentation, and its high mortality rate prior to diagnosis. Oftentimes, HLH is mistaken for refractory sepsis and improperly treated as such. Left untreated, the disease is universally fatal. With treatment, case series of adults with HLH report a 30-day mortality of up to 44% and an overall mortality of up to 75%...
September 27, 2016: American Journal of Case Reports
Marc K Halushka, Richard N Mitchell, Robert F Padera
Heart failure, whether acute or chronic, remains a major health care crisis affecting almost 6 million Americans and over 23 million people worldwide. Roughly half of those affected will die within 5 years, and the annual cost exceeds $30 billion in the US alone. Although medical therapy has made some modest inroads in partially stemming the heart failure tsunami, there remains a significant population for whom medication is unsuccessful or has ceased being effective; such patients can benefit from heart transplantation or mechanical circulatory support...
August 29, 2016: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
Peter J Hutchinson, Angelos G Kolias, Ivan S Timofeev, Elizabeth A Corteen, Marek Czosnyka, Jake Timothy, Ian Anderson, Diederik O Bulters, Antonio Belli, C Andrew Eynon, John Wadley, A David Mendelow, Patrick M Mitchell, Mark H Wilson, Giles Critchley, Juan Sahuquillo, Andreas Unterberg, Franco Servadei, Graham M Teasdale, John D Pickard, David K Menon, Gordon D Murray, Peter J Kirkpatrick
Background The effect of decompressive craniectomy on clinical outcomes in patients with refractory traumatic intracranial hypertension remains unclear. Methods From 2004 through 2014, we randomly assigned 408 patients, 10 to 65 years of age, with traumatic brain injury and refractory elevated intracranial pressure (>25 mm Hg) to undergo decompressive craniectomy or receive ongoing medical care. The primary outcome was the rating on the Extended Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS-E) (an 8-point scale, ranging from death to "upper good recovery" [no injury-related problems]) at 6 months...
September 22, 2016: New England Journal of Medicine
Laura J Wozniak, Bita V Naini, Michelle J Hickey, Sarathi Bhattacharyya, Elaine F Reed, Ronald W Busuttil, Douglas G Farmer, Jorge H Vargas, Robert S Venick, Sue V McDiarmid
Acute AMR is well reported following ABO-incompatible LTx. However, it remains uncommon in ABO-compatible LTx. It typically presents with graft dysfunction ≤2 weeks post-LTx and is often associated with graft loss. We report the clinical presentation, treatment regimen, and outcome of six pediatric LTx recipients diagnosed with early acute AMR based on (i) clinical signs of graft dysfunction, (ii) histopathology indicative of acute injury ± C4d staining, and (iii) presence of HLA DSA. All patients developed elevated ALT and GGT ≤ 45 days post-LTx...
September 5, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Anneke Brand
Most adverse blood transfusion (BT) events are immune-mediated and in the majority of severe reactions antibodies can be identified as causal factors. Alloimmunization not only causes symptomatic reactions, transfused cells can also be (silently) destroyed. Immunization by BT can contribute to hemolytic disease of the newborn as well as to allograft rejection after transplantation. Reversely, pregnancy and transplantation may evoke immunity hampering transfusion therapy. Besides causing mortality and morbidity, alloimmunization has a huge economic impact...
July 2016: La Presse Médicale
W Herr, Y Eichinger, J Beshay, A Bloetz, S Vatter, C Mirbeth, E Distler, U F Hartwig, S Thomas
Refractory or relapsed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) represents a frequent complication after allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT). We show herein that primary in vitro stimulation of CD45RA-selected CD4 T cells of stem-cell donors with 10/10 HLA-matched AML blasts results in expansion of cytolytic T-lymphocytes (CTL) that almost all recognize HLA-DPB1 mismatch alleles, which clinically occur in up to 80% of donor-patient pairs. Primary AML blasts were found to strongly express HLA-DPB1, whereas fibroblasts and keratinocytes used as surrogate target cells for graft-versus-host disease did express HLA-DPB1 only upon IFN-γ pre-treatment...
September 2, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Terry King-Wing Ma, Stephen P McAdoo, Frederick Wai-Keung Tam
Spleen tyrosine kinase (Syk), a 72 kDa cytoplasmic non-receptor protein-tyrosine kinase, plays an important role in signal transduction in a variety of cell types. Ever since its discovery in the early 1990s, there has been accumulating evidence to suggest a pathogenic role of Syk in various allergic disorders, autoimmune diseases and malignancies. Additionally, there is emerging data from both pre-clinical and clinical studies that Syk is implicated in the pathogenesis of proliferative glomerulonephritis (GN), including anti-glomerular basement membrane disease, anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated GN, lupus nephritis and immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN)...
2016: Nephron
Bárbara C Ricci, Carolina D Ferreira, Larissa S Marques, Sofia S Martins, Míriam C S Amaral
This work assessed the potential of nanofiltration (NF) and reverse osmosis (RO) to treat acid streams contaminated with metals, such as effluent from the pressure oxidation process (POX) used in refractory gold ore processing. NF and RO were evaluated in terms of rejections of sulfuric acid and metals. Regarding NF, high sulfuric acid permeation (∼100%), was observed, while metals were retained with high efficiencies (∼90%), whereas RO led to high acid rejections (<88%) when conducted in pH values higher than 1...
2016: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
C G Yapo-Kouadio, L Hasseine, B Goubaux, M Gari-Toussaint
Disseminated fungal infections due to Magnusiomyces capitatus are rare, occurring exclusively in immunocompromised patients. We report the first case in a liver transplant patient with chronic rejection and portal thrombosis who had a M. capitatus fungemia with a refractory septic shock. Despite an antibacterial and antifungal treatment with caspofungin empirical treatment, the patient died from multiple organ failure. Subsequently, mycological examinations of blood cultures, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and urine were positive to M...
September 2016: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
B J Orandi, B E Lonze, A Jackson, S Terezakis, E S Kraus, N Alachkar, S M Bagnasco, D L Segev, J B Orens, R A Montgomery
Patients requiring desensitization prior to renal transplantation are at risk for developing severe antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) refractory to treatment with plasmapheresis and intravenous immunoglobulin (PP/IVIg). We have previously reported success at graft salvage, long-term graft survival and protection against transplant glomerulopathy with the use of eculizumab and splenectomy in addition to PP/IVIg. Splenectomy may be an important component of this combination therapy and is itself associated with a marked reduction in donor-specific antibody (DSA) production...
May 23, 2016: American Journal of Transplantation
Ilkay Erdogan, Birgul Varan, Atilla Sezgin, Arash Pirat, Pinar Zeyneloglu
OBJECTIVES: Humoral rejection is the B-cell-mediated production of immunoglobulin G antibody against the transplanted heart. Antibody-mediated rejection may be resistant to standard immunosuppressive therapy and is associated with high mortality and graft loss. Rituximab can be used to treat antibody-mediated rejection in heart transplant recipients. This retrospective study describes our experience with rituximab treatment in children with heart transplants. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We present 7 pediatric patients with antibody-mediated rejection who were treated with plasma exchange and rituximab therapy...
May 17, 2016: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Sherrill J Slichter, Kraig Abrams, Irena Gettinger, Todd Christoffel, Lakshmi Gaur, Yvette Latchman, Karen Nelson, Esther Pellham, S Lawrence Bailey, Doug Bolgiano
BACKGROUND: Alloimmune platelet (PLT) refractoriness remains a significant problem for chronically transfused patients with thrombocytopenia. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: In a dog PLT transfusion model, we evaluated ultraviolet B irradiation (UV-B) of donor PLTs-either alone or in combination with centrifuge leukoreduction (C-LR) or filtration leukoreduction (F-LR)-to prevent refractoriness to donor PLTs and to induce tolerance to standard (STD) PLTs from the same donor or to tertiary donors...
May 17, 2016: Transfusion
Junichi Shindoh, Nobuhisa Akamatsu, Tomohiro Tanaka, Junichi Kaneko, Sumihito Tamura, Yoshihiro Sakamoto, Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Yasuhiko Sugawara, Masatoshi Makuuchi, Norihiro Kokudo
BACKGROUND: Several clinical factors are reportedly correlated with acute cellular rejection (ACR) after liver transplantation. However, the factors that determine the response to rescue therapies remain unclear. METHODS: A prospective database of 413 consecutive adult patients who underwent living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) was reviewed. RESULTS: Ninety-nine (24%) patients developed ACR after LDLT. A multivariate analysis revealed that a positive T-lymphocytotoxic test (odds ratio [OR], 3...
August 2016: Clinical Transplantation
Carrie Yeast, Julie M Riley, Joshua Holyoak, Gilbert Ross, Stephen Weinstein, Mark Wakefield
INTRODUCTION: After a failed transplant, management of a non-functional graft with pain or recurrent infections can be challenging. Transplant nephrectomy (TN) can be a morbid procedure with the potential for significant blood loss. Embolization of the renal artery alone has been proposed as a method of reducing complications from an in vivo failed kidney transplant. While this does yield less morbidity, it may not address an infected graft or refractory hematuria or rejection. We elected to begin preoperative embolization to assess if this would help decrease the blood loss and transfusion rate associated with TN...
January 2016: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
B Rao, S-M Jafri, M Kazimi, K Mullins, M Raoufi, M C Segovia
There is a higher incidence of acute cellular rejection (ACR) in small bowel transplantation (SBT) compared with transplantation of other solid organs. Although there are reports on the use of infliximab to successfully treat ACR refractory to other treatments, there are no reports, to our knowledge, regarding the use of adalimumab. We present a case of a female patient with a history of Crohn's disease who underwent an isolated SBT and developed an episode of severe ACR. She was initially treated with methylprednisolone, thymoglobulin, basiliximab, and a dosage adjustment of tacrolimus...
March 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
S Fujiwara, M Wada, H Kudo, S Yamaki, F Fujishima, K Ishida, M Nakamura, H Sasaki, T Kazama, H Tanaka, M Nio
BACKGROUND: A significant association between donor-specific antibody (DSA) and graft rejection has recently been documented. However, confirmed strategy has not been established for DSA-associated rejection after intestinal transplantation (ITx). CASE REPORT: A 20-year-old male patient with chronic intestinal obstruction caused by hypoganglionosis of the entire intestine underwent cadaveric donor ITx with grafting performed on 232 cm of the small intestine, cecum, and a part of the ascending colon...
March 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
R Pravisani, U Baccarani, G Adani, D Lorenzin, A Vit, V Cherchi, S Calandra, I Rispoli, P Toniutto, M Sponza, A Risaliti
BACKGROUND: Portal hyperperfusion (PHP) is a hemodynamic condition which may develop after liver transplantation and cause refractory ascites (RA). The diagnosis is established by exclusion of other causes of increased sinusoidal pressure/resistance such as cellular rejection or toxicity and outflow obstruction. PHP as part of the pathogenesis of the splenic artery syndrome (SAS) can be treated with splenic artery embolization (SAE). METHODS: This is a retrospective study on a cohort of first-time whole-size liver transplant recipients diagnosed with RA due to PHP and treated by proximal SAE (pSAE) at the Liver Transplant Unit of the University Hospital of Udine between 2004 and 2014...
March 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
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