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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426384/a-2-year-old-boy-with-circulatory-failure-owing-to-streptococcal-toxic-shock-syndrome-case-report
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Werner Keenswijk, Johan Vande Walle
A 2-year-old boy presented with severe hypotension and acute kidney injury after a prodrome of non-bloody diarrhoea and fever in the preceding 3 days. He had a mild Ebstein cardiac anomaly but otherwise a normal past history and growth. On examination, he looked ill, his temperature was 37.5 °C, circulation was poor, and there were several purpuric lesions on the face, hands and scrotum. Haemoglobin was 7.8 g/dL (11-14), total white cell count 27 × 10(9)/L, platelets 62 × 10(9)/L, blood urea nitrogen 20...
April 20, 2017: Paediatrics and International Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407128/the-bittersweet-taste-of-tubulo-interstitial-glycans
#2
Ditmer T Talsma, Mohamed R Daha, Jacob van den Born
Recently, interesting work was published by Farrar et al. [1] showing the interaction of fucosylated glycoproteins on stressed tubular epithelial cells with collectin-11 leading to complement activation via the lectin route of complement. This elegant work stimulated us to evaluate the dark side (bittersweet taste) of tubulo-interstitial glycans in kidney tissue damage. As will be discussed, glycans not only initiate tubular complement activation but also orchestrate tubulo-interstitial leucocyte recruitment and growth factor responses...
April 1, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395633/haemolytic-uraemic-syndrome
#3
Doreen Crawford
Although haemolytic uraemic syndrome is rare, it is not uncommon. Here is an overview of the syndrome, with advice on signs and symptoms and how to care for children and young people.
April 11, 2017: Nursing Children and Young People
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391537/virulence-factors-of-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-and-the-risk-of-developing-haemolytic-uraemic-syndrome-in-norway-1992-2013
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U Naseer, I Løbersli, M Hindrum, T Bruvik, L T Brandal
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) may cause haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS). Age ≤5 years and presence of stx2a and eae are risk factors for the development of HUS. In this study, we investigated STEC isolates for the presence of adhesins, toxins and molecular risk assessment (MRA) factors to identify virulence genes associated with HUS development. We included non-duplicate isolates from all STEC infections (n = 340, HUS = 32) reported to the Norwegian National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for Enteropathogenic Bacteria from 1992 to 2013...
April 8, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391343/cost-effectiveness-of-eculizumab-treatment-after-kidney-transplantation-in-patients-with-atypical-haemolytic-uraemic-syndrome
#5
Jan A J G van den Brand, Jacobien C Verhave, Eddy M Adang, Jack F M Wetzels
Background: Kidney transplantation in patients with atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS) is frequently complicated by recurrence of aHUS, often resulting in graft loss. Eculizumab prophylaxis prevents recurrence, improving graft survival. An alternative treatment strategy has been proposed where eculizumab is administered upon recurrence. We combined available evidence and performed a cost-effectiveness analysis of these competing strategies. Methods: A cost-effectiveness analysis using a decision analytical approach with Markov chain analyses was used to compare alternatives for aHUS patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD): (i) dialysis treatment, (ii) kidney transplantation, (iii) kidney transplantation with eculizumab therapy upon recurrence of aHUS, (iv) kidney transplantation with eculizumab induction consisting of 12 months of prophylaxis and (v) kidney transplantation with lifelong eculizumab prophylaxis...
January 1, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389880/role-of-climate-in-the-spread-of-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-infection-among-children
#6
Fiorella Acquaotta, Gianluigi Ardissino, Simona Fratianni, Michela Perrone
Haemolytic-uraemic syndrome (HUS) is a rare disease mainly affecting children that develops as a complication of shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infection. It is characterised by acute kidney injury, platelet consumption and mechanical destruction of red blood cells (haemolysis). In order to test the working hypothesis that the spread of the infection is influenced by specific climatic conditions, we analysed all of the identified cases of infection occurring between June 2010 and December 2013 in four provinces of Lombardy, Italy (Milano, Monza Brianza, Varese and Brescia), in which a STEC surveillance system has been developed as part of a preventive programme...
April 7, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382967/thrombotic-thrombocytopenic-purpura
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REVIEW
Johanna A Kremer Hovinga, Paul Coppo, Bernhard Lämmle, Joel L Moake, Toshiyuki Miyata, Karen Vanhoorelbeke
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP; also known as Moschcowitz disease) is characterized by the concomitant occurrence of often severe thrombocytopenia, microangiopathic haemolytic anaemia and a variable degree of ischaemic organ damage, particularly affecting the brain, heart and kidneys. Acute TTP was almost universally fatal until the introduction of plasma therapy, which improved survival from <10% to 80-90%. However, patients who survive an acute episode are at high risk of relapse and of long-term morbidity...
April 6, 2017: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357591/development-and-pretesting-of-a-questionnaire-to-assess-patient-experiences-and-satisfaction-with-medications-pesam-questionnaire
#8
Merel L Kimman, Adrienne H Rotteveel, Marlies Wijsenbeek, Rémy Mostard, Nelleke C Tak, Xana van Jaarsveld, Marjolein Storm, Kioa L Wijnsma, Marielle Gelens, Nicole C A J van de Kar, Jack Wetzels, Carmen D Dirksen
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to develop, together with the Lung Foundation Netherlands and Dutch Kidney Patients Association, patients and clinicians, a measure to evaluate patient experiences with the orphan drugs pirfenidone (for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis [IPF]) and eculizumab (for atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome [aHUS]), as well as a generic measure of patient experiences and satisfaction with medications. METHODS: Development of the Patient Experiences and Satisfaction with Medications (PESaM) questionnaire consisted of four phases: literature review (phase I); focus groups and individual patient interviews (phase II); item generation (phase III); and face and content validity testing (phase IV)...
March 29, 2017: Patient
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347544/ocular-involvement-in-atypical-haemolytic-uraemic-syndrome
#9
A Sampedro López, B Domínguez Moro, J M Baltar Martin, C Garcia Monteavaro, J J Barbón García
CASE REPORT: The case is presented of a young man with an atypical haemolytic-uraemic syndrome (aHUS), complicated with bilateral serous retinal detachment, cotton wool spots, and a branch artery occlusion. Treatment with plasmapheresis, haemodialysis and systemic eculizumab led to the blood and urine parameters returning to normal, as well as resolution of the retinal anomalies. Genetic analysis show both mutations in complement factor H and C3. DISCUSSION: Haemolytic-uraemic syndrome (HUS) is a thrombotic microangiopathy characterised by microangiopathic haemolytic anaemia, thrombocytopenia, and acute renal failure...
March 24, 2017: Archivos de la Sociedad Española de Oftalmología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339660/eculizumab-in-secondary-atypical-haemolytic-uraemic-syndrome
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Teresa Cavero, Cristina Rabasco, Antía López, Elena Román, Ana Ávila, Ángel Sevillano, Ana Huerta, Jorge Rojas-Rivera, Carolina Fuentes, Miquel Blasco, Ana Jarque, Alba García, Santiago Mendizabal, Eva Gavela, Manuel Macía, Luis F Quintana, Ana María Romera, Josefa Borrego, Emi Arjona, Mario Espinosa, José Portolés, Carolina Gracia-Iguacel, Emilio González-Parra, Pedro Aljama, Enrique Morales, Mercedes Cao, Santiago Rodríguez de Córdoba, Manuel Praga
Background.: Complement dysregulation occurs in thrombotic microangiopathies (TMAs) other than primary atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS). A few of these patients have been reported previously to be successfully treated with eculizumab. Methods.: We identified 29 patients with so-called secondary aHUS who had received eculizumab at 11 Spanish nephrology centres. Primary outcome was TMA resolution, defined by a normalization of platelet count (>150 × 10 9 /L) and haemoglobin, disappearance of all the markers of microangiopathic haemolytic anaemia (MAHA), and improvement of renal function, with a ≥25% reduction of serum creatinine from the onset of eculizumab administration...
March 1, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242109/haemolytic-uraemic-syndrome
#11
REVIEW
Fadi Fakhouri, Julien Zuber, Véronique Frémeaux-Bacchi, Chantal Loirat
Haemolytic uraemic syndrome is a form of thrombotic microangiopathy affecting predominantly the kidney and characterised by a triad of thrombocytopenia, mechanical haemolytic anaemia, and acute kidney injury. The term encompasses several disorders: shiga toxin-induced and pneumococcus-induced haemolytic uraemic syndrome, haemolytic uraemic syndrome associated with complement dysregulation or mutation of diacylglycerol kinase ɛ, haemolytic uraemic syndrome related to cobalamin C defect, and haemolytic uraemic syndrome secondary to a heterogeneous group of causes (infections, drugs, cancer, and systemic diseases)...
February 23, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176479/long-term-remission-with-eculizumab-in-atypical-haemolytic-uraemic-syndrome
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REVIEW
Simon Carter, Ian Hewitt, Joshua Kausman
The understanding of the role of complement dysregulation in atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS) has led to major changes in therapeutic approaches and outcomes. Eculizumab is a humanized anti-C5 monoclonal antibody that inhibits the terminal complement pathway and has revolutionized the treatment and prognosis of aHUS. However, published reports to date have had relatively short-term follow-up. We report two paediatric cases of aHUS successfully treated with eculizumab longer than 6 years with no serious adverse events and preservation of renal function...
February 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176477/absence-of-thrombocytopaenia-and-or-microangiopathic-haemolytic-anaemia-does-not-reliably-exclude-recurrence-of-atypical-haemolytic-uraemic-syndrome-after-kidney-transplantation
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REVIEW
Anoushka R Krishnan, Brian Siva, Aron Chakera, Germaine Wong, Daniel Wong, Wai H Lim
A 54-year-old man was diagnosed with atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS) with confirmed complement H mutation in 2012, requiring ongoing dialysis. He was commenced on eculizumab in 2014 once the pharmaceutical board approved this drug. After 4 months, he received a live unrelated donor renal transplant from his wife and continued eculizumab post-transplant. Three months later, there was a rise in his creatinine with no laboratory features of haemolysis and a kidney biopsy confirmed rejection, which was treated with increased immunosuppression...
February 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176476/recurrent-atypical-haemolytic-uraemic-syndrome-post-kidney-transplant-due-to-a-cd46-mutation-in-the-setting-of-smarcal1-mediated-inherited-kidney-disease
#14
REVIEW
Samuel Chan, Andrew J Mallett, Chirag Patel, Ross S Francis, David W Johnson, David W Mudge, Nicole M Isbel
Disorders in the regulation of the alternate complement pathway often result in complement-mediated damage to the microvascular endothelium and can be associated with both glomerulonephritis and atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome. Inherited defects in complement regulatory genes or autoantibodies against complement regulatory proteins are predictive of the severity of the disease and the risk of recurrence post kidney transplantation. Heterozygous mutations in CD46, which codes for a transmembrane cofactor glycoprotein membrane cofactor protein, usually have a lower incidence of end-stage kidney disease and decreased risk of recurrent disease post transplant, as wild-type membrane cofactor protein is present in the transplanted kidney...
February 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176475/life-threatening-pregnancy-associated-atypical-haemolytic-uraemic-syndrome-and-its-response-to-eculizumab
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REVIEW
Ryan Gately, Aye San, Jagadeesh Kurtkoti, Alan Parnham
Pregnancy-associated atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (P-aHUS) is a rare, potentially lethal condition that can complicate pregnancy in up to 1 in 25 000 cases. Without prompt diagnosis and initiation of appropriate treatment, this condition can lead to disastrous consequences for both mother and child. Given the broad spectrum of conditions that can present similarly in the peripartum period, it is often difficult to establish the correct diagnosis in a timely manner. Recently, the terminal complement cascade inhibitor eculizumab has been used with considerable success in non-pregnancy HUS; however, its use in P-aHUS is limited to isolated case reports...
February 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176474/monoclonal-gammopathy-of-renal-significance-triggering-atypical-haemolytic-uraemic-syndrome
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REVIEW
Usman Mahmood, Nicole Isbel, Peter Mollee, Andrew Mallett, Sridevi Govindarajulu, Ross Francis
Haemolytic uraemic syndrome is a rare condition with an overall incidence of one to two cases in a population of 100 000 and approximately 10% of these cases are classified as atypical. Atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS) is a thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) characterized by microangiopathic haemolytic anaemia (MAHA), thrombocytopenia and acute kidney injury. aHUS can be genetic, acquired or idiopathic (negative genetic screening and no environmental triggers). We describe a case of aHUS triggered by monoclonal gammopathy of renal significance (MGRS) successfully treated with plasmapheresis and a bortezomib-based chemotherapy regimen, resulting in marked improvement in renal function and other markers of haemolysis...
February 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176472/suspected-atypical-haemolytic-uraemic-syndrome-in-two-post-partum-patients-with-foetal-death-in-utero-responding-to-eculizumab
#17
REVIEW
Justin Chua, Kathy Paizis, Simon Z He, Peter Mount
BACKGROUND: Atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS) is a rare condition with the triad of microangiopathic haemolytic anaemia, thrombocytopenia and acute kidney injury. Other conditions that present in a similar manner peri-partum include thrombotic thrombocytopaenic purpura, and pregnancy associated conditions including HELLP syndrome (haemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelets), severe pre-eclampsia and less commonly acute fatty liver of pregnancy. CASE REPORTS: We describe two cases of suspected aHUS, who presented post-partum with foetal death-in-utero at 33 and 37 weeks respectively...
February 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012007/long-term-health-related-quality-of-life-and-psychological-adjustment-in-children-after-haemolytic-uraemic-syndrome
#18
Helene Werner, Kathrin Buder, Markus A Landolt, Thomas J Neuhaus, Guido F Laube, Giuseppina Spartà
BACKGROUND: In children after haemolytic-uraemic syndrome (HUS), little is known about long-term health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and psychological adjustment as defined by behavioural problems, depressive symptoms and post-traumatic stress symptoms. METHODS: Sixty-two paediatric patients with a history of HUS were included in this study. Medical data of the acute HUS episode were retrieved retrospectively from hospital records. Data on the clinical course at study investigation were assessed by clinical examination and laboratory evaluation...
December 23, 2016: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905001/guidelines-for-diagnosis-and-management-of-the-cobalamin-related-remethylation-disorders-cblc-cbld-cble-cblf-cblg-cblj-and-mthfr-deficiency
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Martina Huemer, Daria Diodato, Bernd Schwahn, Manuel Schiff, Anabela Bandeira, Jean-Francois Benoist, Alberto Burlina, Roberto Cerone, Maria L Couce, Angeles Garcia-Cazorla, Giancarlo la Marca, Elisabetta Pasquini, Laura Vilarinho, James D Weisfeld-Adams, Viktor Kožich, Henk Blom, Matthias R Baumgartner, Carlo Dionisi-Vici
BACKGROUND: Remethylation defects are rare inherited disorders in which impaired remethylation of homocysteine to methionine leads to accumulation of homocysteine and perturbation of numerous methylation reactions. OBJECTIVE: To summarise clinical and biochemical characteristics of these severe disorders and to provide guidelines on diagnosis and management. DATA SOURCES: Review, evaluation and discussion of the medical literature (Medline, Cochrane databases) by a panel of experts on these rare diseases following the GRADE approach...
January 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891338/non-o157-h7-shiga-toxin-producing-diarrhoeagenic-escherichia-coli-stec-in-southern-india-a-tinderbox-for-starting-epidemic
#20
Shashank Purwar, Subrana Roy, Sharada Metgud
INTRODUCTION: Outbreaks due to non-O157:H7 Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) resulting in Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS) have garnered much attention because of associated mortality transcending across continents and also because diarrhoea due to E.coli itself is rare in developed countries. The actual incidence of non-O157:H7 STEC in sporadic acute diarrhoea is not fully elucidated, both in developing as well as in developed countries. Due to larger extent of faecal-oral transmission in developing countries it is prudent to look for non-O157: H7 STEC in such epidemiological settings because of very high potential to spread across larger geographical regions and cause life threatening illness...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
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