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thrombocytopenia in pregnancy

Valentina Talarico, Monica Aloe, Alice Monzani, Roberto Miniero, Gianni Bona
Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is a thrombotic microangiopathy defined by thrombocytopenia, non-immune microangiopathic hemolytic anemia and acute renal failure. HUS is typically classified into two primary types: 1) HUS due to infections, often associated with diarrhea (D+HUS, Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia Coli-HUS), with the rare exception of HUS due to a severe disseminated infection caused by Streptococcus; 2) HUS related to complement, such HUS is also known as "atypical HUS" and is not diarrhea associated (D-HUS, aHUS); but recent studies have shown other forms of HUS, that can occur in the course of systemic diseases or physiopathological conditions such as pregnancy, after transplantation or after drug assumption...
December 2016: Minerva Pediatrica
Yu-Min Shen
Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) is a rare genetic disorder caused by defective complement regulation resulting in thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA). Patients can present as children or adults. The syndrome consists of hemolytic anemia with schistocytosis, thrombocytopenia, significant renal damage, and/or other organ system dysfunction(s). Patients with aHUS may succumb to the complications of the disease with the very first manifestation; surviving patients often suffer from progressive organ dysfunction with significant morbidity and mortality despite plasma infusion or plasma exchange...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
Marta Ferro, Hada C Macher, Pilar Noguerol, Pilar Jimenez-Arriscado, Patrocinio Molinero, Juan M Guerrero, Amalia Rubio
Fetal and Neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT) is a condition which could occur when pregnant women develop an alloimmunization against paternally inherited antigens of the fetal platelets. Approximately 80 % of FNAIT cases are caused by anti-HPA-1a, about 15 % by anti-HPA-5b and 5 % by other HPA antibodies. Only 2 % of the total population is HPA-1a negative (HPA-1b1b). The HPA-1a allele differs by one single nucleotide from HPA-1b allele, yet it represents around 27 % of total severe thrombocytopenias...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Susanna Sainio, Kaija Javela, Jarno Tuimala, Katri Haimila
Lack of reliable laboratory parameters is the main challenge in the management of fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT). Despite the long-known association between the HLA-DRB3*01:01 allele and human platelet antigen 1a (HPA-1a) alloimmunisation, maternal human leucocyte antigen (HLA) typing has been of little clinical value. Recently, other DRB3 allele variants have been suggested to predict the severity of FNAIT. In this nationwide population-based retrospective cohort study, we performed extensive HLA typing of 96 women, accounting for 87% of our cohort of 110 families with confirmed or possible HPA-1a-immunisation...
October 17, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Marije M Kamphuis, Heidi Tiller, E S van den Akker, Magnus Westgren, Eleonor Tiblad, Dick Oepkes
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the management and outcome of a large international cohort of cases of pregnancies complicated by fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT). METHODS: This was an observational prospective and retrospective cohort study of all cases of FNAIT entered into the international multicentre No IntraCranial Haemorrhage (NOICH) registry during the period of 2001-2010. We evaluated human platelet antigen (HPA) specificity, the antenatal and postnatal interventions performed, and clinical outcome...
October 12, 2016: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
Ozan Ünlü, Stephane Zuily, Doruk Erkan
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is the association of thrombosis and/or pregnancy morbidity with antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). Thirty to forty percent of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients are tested positive for aPL, which may have an impact on the SLE presentation, management, and prognosis. Compared with SLE patients without aPL, those with aPL have a higher prevalence of thrombosis, pregnancy morbidity, valve disease, pulmonary hypertension, livedo reticularis, thrombocytopenia, hemolytic anemia, acute/chronic renal vascular lesions, and moderate/severe cognitive impairment; worse quality of life; and higher risk of organ damage...
June 2016: Eur J Rheumatol
Maria Therese Ahlen, Anne Husebekk, Ida Løken Killie, Bjørn Skogen, Tor Brynjar Stuge
Fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT) is a pregnancy-related condition caused by maternal antibodies binding an alloantigen on fetal platelets. In most cases the alloantigen is formed by a single amino acid, integrin β3 Leu33, referred to as human platelet antigen-1a (HPA-1a). Production of anti-HPA-1a antibodies likely depends on CD4(+) T cells that recognize the same alloantigen in complex with the HLA-DRA/DRB3*01:01 molecule. While this complex is well characterized, T cell recognition of it is not...
September 8, 2016: JCI Insight
Marie Scully
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) are thrombotic microangiopathies (TMAs) that can present in pregnancy. The presentation can be with typical microangiopathic features and thrombocytopenia, but there is also a significant risk of in-utero fetal loss. TTP presents most commonly in the third trimester and aHUS in the postpartum period. On presumptive diagnosis, plasma exchange should be started and ADAMTS13 (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with a thrombospondin type 1 motif, member 13) activity measured...
September 20, 2016: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
H Fabián Pelusa, Eleonora Pezzarini, Cecilia Basiglio, Jorge Musuruana, Mariela Bearzotti, María José Svetaz, Stella Maris Daniele, Hebe Bottai, Sandra M M Arriaga
BACKGROUND: Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disease characterized by thrombosis, fetal losses and thrombocytopenia associated to antiphospholipid (APL) antibodies (Abs). They are directed to phospholipids, such as cardiolipins (a-cardiolipin, ACA) and lupus anticoagulant (LA), or to complexes formed by phospholipids and protein cofactors, such as β2 glycoprotein 1 (a-β2GP1) and annexin V (a-annexin V). These auto Abs may be considered as a family of Abs involved in thrombotic events and APL activity...
September 16, 2016: Annals of Clinical Biochemistry
Ying-Jan Weng, Anne Husebekk, Björn Skogen, Mette Kjaer, Liang-Tzung Lin, Thierry Burnouf
Fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT) is a severe disease that is caused by maternal alloantibodies generated during pregnancy or at delivery as a result of incompatibility between maternal and fetal human platelet antigens (HPAs) inherited from the father. Antibody-mediated immune suppression using anti-HPA-1a immunoglobulins is thought to be able to prevent FNAIT caused by HPA-1a. A fractionation process to prepare anti-HPA-1a immunoglobulin (Ig) G (IgG) from human plasma was therefore developed...
2016: PloS One
Madhavi Lakkaraja, Jenny C Jin, Karen C Manotas, Cheryl A Vinograd, Polina Ferd, Julia Gabor, Megan Wissert, Richard L Berkowitz, Janice G McFarland, James B Bussel
BACKGROUND: Incompatibility between parental platelet (PLT) antigens may lead to sensitization of mother and development of fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT) resulting in fetal thrombocytopenia. Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) with or without prednisone is the most effective, evidence-based antenatal treatment for subsequent FNAIT-affected pregnancies. IVIG infusion causes hemolysis in other settings, the degree depending upon patient blood groups (BGs). STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: In ClinicalTrials...
October 2016: Transfusion
Svjetlana Lozo, Amir Atabeygi, Michael Healey
There have been few case reports of isolated elevation of alkaline phosphatase beyond the normal physiologic amount with subsequent return to baseline after delivery. Here we present a similar case of extreme elevation of alkaline phosphatase in a pregnancy complicated by gestational diabetes and subsequently by neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (NAIT).
2016: Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Jyothis Purushothaman, Kochuthresia J Puthumana, Aswath Kumar, Susheela J Innah, Sareena Gilvaz
Immune thrombocytopenic purpura is a common acquired autoimmune disorder defined by a low platelet count secondary to accelerated platelet destruction or impaired thrombopoesis by anti-platelet antibodies. Thrombopoietin (TPO)-mimetic drugs such as eltrombopag and romiplostim have been used successfully in many nonpregnant individuals with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) but studies based on its effects in pregnancy are limited. A 27-year-old multigravida who is a known case of ITP with bad obstetric history was referred to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at 26 weeks of gestation with complaints of mucosal bleeding and recurrent abortions...
July 2016: Asian Journal of Transfusion Science
Gabriella Martillotti, Francoise Rypens, Michele David, Nancy Catalfamo, Johanne Dubé, Catherine Taillefer, Christian Lachance, François Audibert
INTRODUCTION: Fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT) is a rare condition that may lead to intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) in the fetus or neonate. Platelet alloimmunisation causing FNAIT has been described in association with fetal cerebral ventriculomegaly (VM), presumably due to subclinical ICH. The objective of this study was to assess the association between fetal VM and platelet alloimmunisation. METHODS: This is a case series of pregnancies with fetal VM screened for platelet alloantibodies from 2003 to 2012...
September 7, 2016: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
César Homero Gutierrez-Aguirre, José Alberto García-Lozano, Oscar Rubén Treviño-Montemayor, José Luis Iglesias-Benavides, Olga Graciela Cantú-Rodríguez, Oscar González-Llano, Andrés Gómez-De León, Rosario Salazar-Riojas, Consuelo Mancias-Guerra, José Carlos Jaime-Pérez, Abel Guzman-López, David Gómez-Almaguer
OBJECTIVE: To compare serum ferritin (SF) concentrations and other hematological parameters between patients with preeclampsia (PE) and normal pregnant women of the same gestational period who received supplemental iron during pregnancy. METHODS: Prospective, comparative, observational pilot study that included 31 women with PE and 30 healthy pregnant women, at 20 weeks' of gestation. Ferritin, iron and complete blood cell count were compared between groups. RESULTS: In comparison with controls, preeclamptic patients had a higher weight, body mass index, and arterial pressure...
August 24, 2016: Hematology (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
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Thrombocytopenia in pregnant women is diagnosed frequently by obstetricians because platelet counts are included with automated complete blood cell counts (CBCs) obtained during routine prenatal screening (). Although most U.S. health care providers are trained using U.S. Conventional Units, most scientists, journals, and countries use Système International (SI) units. The laboratory results reported in U.S. Conventional Units can be converted to SI Units or vice versa by using a conversion factor. The conversion factor for platelet count results is 1...
September 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Thrombocytopenia in pregnant women is diagnosed frequently by obstetricians because platelet counts are included with automated complete blood cell counts (CBCs) obtained during routine prenatal screening (1). Although most U.S. health care providers are trained using U.S. Conventional Units, most scientists, journals, and countries use Système International (SI) units. The laboratory results reported in U.S. Conventional Units can be converted to SI Units or vice versa by using a conversion factor. The conversion factor for platelet count results is 1...
September 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Raffaella Cravero, Gianluigi Ardissino, Umberto Colageo, Piernicola Staffa, Elena Bruschetta, Serena Maroni, Eirini Karvela, Ermanno Spagarino, Velia Ruggeri, Roberto Jura
Pregnancy-associated thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) is a rare condition, but it is burdened by a significant perinatal and maternal morbidity as well as mortality. We describe the case of a 33-year-old woman, who developed a TMA at the 36th week of gestation characterized by increased LDH, haptoglobin consumption, schistocytes, thrombocytopenia and acute renal failure requiring dialysis. There were not gestational hypertension nor proteinuria until the day of hospitalization. ADAMTS 13 deficiency was ruled out and the patient did not have diarrhea...
July 2016: Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia
Matthew Yan, Ann K Malinowski, Nadine Shehata
The physiological changes in pregnancy result in platelet counts that are lower than in nonpregnant women. Consequently, thrombocytopenia is a common finding occurring in 7-12% of pregnant women. Gestational thrombocytopenia, the most common cause of low platelet counts, tends to be mild in most women and does not affect maternal, fetal or neonatal outcomes. Gestational thrombocytopenia needs to be distinguished from other less common causes of isolated thrombocytopenia, such as immune thrombocytopenia, which affects approximately 3% of thrombocytopenic pregnant women and can lead to neonatal thrombocytopenia...
March 2016: Obstetric Medicine
L Saleh, K Verdonk, A Kaya, A H Danser, A H van den Meiracker, W Visser
OBJECTIVE: The ratio of the maternal plasma angiogenic factors soluble Fms-kinase 1 (sFlt-1) and placental growth factor (PlGF) is a novel diagnostic tool for preeclampsia (PE), with a value <38 predicting short-term absence of PE in women in whom the syndrome is suspected clinically. The clinical implication of a single determination below the sFlt-1/PlGF ratio of 38 beyond 1 week remains to be established. We therefore assessed the evolution of the sFlt-1/PlGF ratio in patients suspected of PE on clinical grounds...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
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