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A Single-Domain Antibody Targeting Complement Component C5 Acts as a Selective Inhibitor of the Terminal Pathway of the Complement System and Thus Functionally Mimicks the C-Terminal Domain of the SSL7 Protein.

Front Immunol 2018 29;9:2822. Epub 2018 Nov 29.

Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark.

The complement system is an efficient anti-microbial effector mechanism. On the other hand abnormal complement activation is involved in the pathogenesis of multiple inflammatory and hemolytic diseases. As general inhibition of the complement system may jeopardize patient health due to increased susceptibility to infections, the development of pathway-specific complement therapeutics has been a long-lasting goal over the last decades. Read More

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November 2018

Paroxysmal Cold Hemoglobinuria in an Adult with Respiratory Syncytial Virus.

Case Rep Hematol 2018 13;2018:7586719. Epub 2018 Nov 13.

Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Department of Medicine, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, USA.

Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria (PCH) is a rare form of cold autoimmune hemolytic anemia first discovered in the early 20th century in adults with tertiary syphilis. Today, it is more commonly seen in children as a life-threatening anemia during a viral upper respiratory tract infection (URI). Although respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has previously been reported to cause PCH in a child, herein we present the first documented case in an adult. Read More

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November 2018
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A brief, but comprehensive, guide to clonal evolution in aplastic anemia.

Authors:
Daria V Babushok

Hematology Am Soc Hematol Educ Program 2018 Nov;2018(1):457-466

Division of Hematology-Oncology, Department of Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; and.

Acquired aplastic anemia (AA) is an immune-mediated bone marrow aplasia that is strongly associated with clonal hematopoiesis upon marrow recovery. More than 70% of AA patients develop somatic mutations in their hematopoietic cells. In contrast to other conditions linked to clonal hematopoiesis, such as myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) or clonal hematopoiesis of indeterminate potential in the elderly, the top alterations in AA are closely related to its immune pathogenesis. Read More

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November 2018
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Anticoagulating patients with high-risk acquired thrombophilias.

Authors:
Leslie Skeith

Hematology Am Soc Hematol Educ Program 2018 Nov;2018(1):439-449

Division of Hematology and Hematological Malignancies, Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada; and Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada.

Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria are 3 acquired thrombophilias that carry a high risk of venous and arterial thromboembolism. Management of these conditions has largely included anticoagulation with a vitamin K antagonist after an initial period of a parenteral anticoagulant, for as long as the thrombotic risk is still present. The available evidence for the use of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) is limited and primarily consists of case series and cohort studies, which are summarized in this chapter. Read More

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November 2018
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Complement-driven anemia: more than just paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria.

Hematology Am Soc Hematol Educ Program 2018 Nov;2018(1):371-376

Division of Hematology, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS); hemolysis, elevated liver function tests, and low platelets syndrome; and transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy are related conditions, in that many patients harbor germline heterozygous mutations in genes that regulate the alternative pathway of complement (APC). Penetrance is variable because development of clinically significant disease appears to require supervention of a process such as inflammation. Complement activation on the endothelial surfaces leads to endothelial damage, platelet consumption, microthrombi, and a mechanical hemolytic anemia with schistocytes. Read More

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November 2018
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Moyamoya Syndrome Caused by Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria.

Chin Med J (Engl) 2018 Dec;131(23):2874-2876

Department of Neurology, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University, Nanchang, Jiangxi 330006, China.

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December 2018
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Ravulizumab (ALXN1210) vs eculizumab in adult patients with PNH naive to complement inhibitors: the 301 study.

Blood 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Haematology, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Leeds, United Kingdom.

Ravulizumab (ALXN1210), a new complement C5 inhibitor, provides immediate, complete, and sustained C5 inhibition. This phase 3, open-label study assessed the noninferiority of ravulizumab to eculizumab in complement inhibitor-naive adults with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH). Patients with lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) ≥1. Read More

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December 2018
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Ravulizumab (ALXN1210) vs eculizumab in C5-inhibitor-experienced adult patients with PNH: the 302 study.

Blood 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Transplantation (BMT) Unit, Saint-Louis Hospital and University Paris Diderot Paris, France.

Ravulizumab, a new complement C5 inhibitor administered every 8 weeks, was noninferior to eculizumab administered every 2 weeks in complement inhibitor-naive patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH). This study assessed noninferiority of ravulizumab to eculizumab in clinically stable PNH patients during previous eculizumab therapy. In this phase 3, open-label, multicenter study, 195 PNH patients on labeled-dose (900 mg every 2 weeks) eculizumab for greater than 6 months were randomly assigned 1:1 to switch to ravulizumab (n = 97) or continue eculizumab (n = 98). Read More

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December 2018
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[Purpura fulminans related to paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria: a case report and literatures review].

Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue Za Zhi 2018 Nov;39(11):921-926

Department of Hematology, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, CAMS & PUMC, Beijing 100730, China.

To improve the understanding of the rare clinical presentation and management of purpura fulminans (PF) in patients with paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria (PNH). A case of PF occurring in PNH is reported, while the related literature review is conducted. A 49-year-old male patient suffered from one-week history of fever, greenish-brown colour urine, multiple well demarcated and painful purpura of the head and neck. Read More

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November 2018
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[Efficacy and safety of haploidentical hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for 17 patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemamoglobinuria].

Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue Za Zhi 2018 Nov;39(11):904-907

Jiangsu Institute of Hematology, Department of Hematology, the First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, Key Lab of Thrombosis and Hemostasis of Ministry of Health, Suzhou 215006, China.

To explore the efficacy and safety of haploidentical hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (Haplo-HSCT) for paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH). A total of 17 patients with PNH who received Haplo-HSCT from January 2013 to September 2017 were analyzed retrospectively. Of them, 4 patients had de novo PNH, 13 patients had aplastic anemia-PNH syndrome (AA-PNH). Read More

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November 2018
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[How I diagnose and treat paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria].

Authors:
R Fu

Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue Za Zhi 2018 Nov;39(11):887-891

Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, Tianjin 300052, China.

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November 2018
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Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria testing in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome in clinical practice-frequency and indications.

Curr Oncol 2018 Oct 31;25(5):e391-e397. Epub 2018 Oct 31.

Division of Hematology, St. Paul's Hospital and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.

Background: Myelodysplastic syndrome (mds) is characterized by peripheral blood cytopenias, with most patients developing significant anemia and dependence on red blood cell (rbc) transfusion. In paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (pnh), mutations in the gene lead to lack of cell-surface glycosylphosphatidylinositol, allowing complement-mediated lysis to occur. Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria results in direct antiglobulin test-negative hemolysis and cytopenias, and up to 50% of patients with mds test positive for pnh cells. Read More

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October 2018
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Anticoagulating patients with high-risk acquired thrombophilias.

Authors:
Leslie Skeith

Blood 2018 Nov;132(21):2219-2229

Division of Hematology and Hematological Malignancies, Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada; and Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada.

Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria are 3 acquired thrombophilias that carry a high risk of venous and arterial thromboembolism. Management of these conditions has largely included anticoagulation with a vitamin K antagonist after an initial period of a parenteral anticoagulant, for as long as the thrombotic risk is still present. The available evidence for the use of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) is limited and primarily consists of case series and cohort studies, which are summarized in this chapter. Read More

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November 2018
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Validation of a spectrophotometric method for GGT measurement in canine urine and determination of the urine GGT-to-creatinine ratio reference interval and biological variation in 41 healthy dogs.

J Vet Diagn Invest 2018 Nov 18:1040638718812927. Epub 2018 Nov 18.

Dick White Diagnostics, Dick White Referrals, Six Mile Bottom, Cambridgeshire, UK.

The urine gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT)-to-creatinine ratio has been used to monitor patients at risk of acute renal injury. We validated the spectrophotometric quantification of GGT in urine in a commercial biochemistry analyzer. The assay was precise, accurate, and linear. Read More

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November 2018
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Comparison of High Sensitivity and Conventional Flow Cytometry for Diagnosing Overt Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria and Detecting Minor Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria Clones.

Ann Lab Med 2019 Mar;39(2):150-157

Department of Laboratory Medicine, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Ulsan University Hospital, Ulsan, Korea.

Background: High sensitivity flow cytometry (HS-FCM) was recently developed for diagnosing paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH). We compared its performance with conventional flow cytometry (C-FCM) for diagnosing overt PNH and detecting minor (0.1-1%) PNH clones in aplastic anemia (AA)/low-grade myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) patients. Read More

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March 2019
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The economic burden of malignant and premalignant hematological diseases in Southern Nigeria.

Niger J Clin Pract 2018 Nov;21(11):1396-1402

Department of Haematology, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital, Awka, Anambra, Nigeria.

Background: Hematological malignancies are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. They constitute an economic burden for the patients, their relatives, and the society because of the cost associated with their management, which is usually long term. We aimed to determine the total direct cost of managing patients with premalignant hematological disorders (PMHDs) and malignant hematological disorders (MHDs). Read More

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November 2018
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Case of Donath-Landsteiner haemolytic anaemia in an adult female.

BMJ Case Rep 2018 Nov 8;2018. Epub 2018 Nov 8.

Medicine, Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, New York, USA.

Donath-Landsteiner haemolytic anaemia (DLHA), also known as paroxysmal cold haemoglobinuria, is a very rare and difficult condition to diagnose as well as treat. Here, we present a case of a 55-year-old Hispanic woman who presented with severe intravascular haemolytic anaemia in the setting of a viral illness 2 weeks prior to presentation. Direct antiglobulin testing revealed mixed results: positive for either complement, IgG or both on various occasions which led to a battery of tests including the Donath-Landsteiner antibody testing which turned out positive establishing the diagnosis of DLHA. Read More

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November 2018
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A comprehensive review on past, present and future aspects of canine theileriosis.

Microb Pathog 2018 Oct 30;126:116-122. Epub 2018 Oct 30.

Department of Clinical Sciences, KBCMA, College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, 51600, Narowal, Pakistan.

Canine theileriosis is a notorious tick borne piroplasmid infection of wild and domestic canines. The causative agent has not yet been accurately classified. PCR studies revealed that causative agent resembles to Theileria genus and thus provisionally named as Theileria annae. Read More

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October 2018
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Hemosiderin tubulopathy-induced acute kidney injury - A rare initial manifestation of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria.

Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl 2018 Sep-Oct;29(5):1232-1236

Department of Pathology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Udupi, Karnataka, India.

Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is characterized by episodes of intravascular hemolysis, infections, and thromboembolic complications. Renal abnormalities are rare which occur either due to hemolytic crisis or repeated thrombotic episodes involving small venules. Acute kidney injury (AKI) requiring hemodialysis due to toxic effects of hemoglobinuria, with a stable disease is exceptional. Read More

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November 2018
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Antithrombotic therapy with rivaroxaban in five patients with paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria and thrombotic events.

Thromb J 2018 22;16:26. Epub 2018 Oct 22.

1Thrombosis Center, "Department of Cellular Biotechnologies and Hematology", "Sapienza" University, Via Benevento 6, 00161 Rome, Italy.

Five patients with paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria and thrombotic complications under oral antithrombotic treatment with vitamin K antagonist were switched to receive the direct oral anticoagulant rivaroxaban an factor Xa inhibitor. In all five patients haematological and biochemical parameters and adverse events were evaluated for a period of twelve months. Therapy with rivaroxaban was well tolerated in all cases and one patient showed a significant reduction of bleeding and transfusion requirement. Read More

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October 2018
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[Network references for rare diseases: state of the art for the paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria].

Epidemiol Prev 2018 Sep-Dec;42(5-6):333-343

Dipartimento di sanità pubblica, Azienda ospedaliero-universitaria "Federico II", Napoli;

Background: recently, healthcare network models have been proposed to improve general awareness of rare diseases for patients and specific knowledge about diagnosis, treatment, and management for healthcare services. Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a rare haematological disease that still has no framing in an official network.

Objectives: to describe the use of network models in diagnosis, treatment, and management of PNH patients both in Italy and abroad and its impact on patients and healthcare service. Read More

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October 2018
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Complement activation by human red blood cell antibodies: hemolytic potential of antibodies and efficacy of complement inhibitors assessed by a sensitive flow cytometric assay.

Transfusion 2018 Dec 27;58(12):2992-3002. Epub 2018 Oct 27.

Institute of Clinical Transfusion Medicine and Immunogenetics Ulm, German Red Cross Blood Service Baden-Württemberg - Hessen and University Hospital, Ulm, Germany.

Background: Therapeutic intervention strategies in complement-mediated hemolytic diseases are still inappropriate, and lethal events cannot be reliably prevented. As an in vitro model of intravascular hemolysis, a sensitive flow cytometric assay was designed using red blood cells (RBCs) of patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) as target cells. Complement activation by human allo- and autoantibodies directed against RBC antigens and the effect of different complement inhibitors were studied. Read More

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December 2018
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Frequent mutations in CD8 T cells from patients with pure red cell aplasia.

Blood Adv 2018 Oct;2(20):2704-2712

Division of Hematology, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine.

Dysregulation of T-cell-mediated immunity is responsible for acquired pure red cell aplasia (PRCA). Although mutations are frequently detected in patients with T-cell large granular lymphocytic leukemia (T-LGLL), which is often complicated by PRCA and which is also reported to be associated with acquired aplastic anemia (AA) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), whether -mutated T cells are involved in the pathophysiology of PRCA and other types of bone marrow failure remains unknown. We performed mutation analyses of the peripheral blood mononuclear cells from PRCA patients (n = 42), AA (n = 54), AA-paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (AA-PNH; n = 7), and MDS (n = 21) using an allele-specific polymerase chain reaction and amplicon sequencing. Read More

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October 2018
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Revisiting acquired aplastic anaemia: Current concepts in diagnosis and management.

Intern Med J 2018 Oct 15. Epub 2018 Oct 15.

Haematologist, and Head, Haematology Laboratory, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, and The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.

Acquired aplastic anaemia is a rare, serious, immunologically-mediated bone marrow failure syndrome, characterised by marrow hypoplasia of varying severity and significant pancytopenia. Careful attention and investigation, including molecular testing, is required to confirm the diagnosis and exclude other mimicking conditions, such as inherited bone marrow failure syndromes. In a proportion of patients, the disease evolves to myelodysplasia or acute myeloid leukaemia and in some there is an association with paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria. Read More

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October 2018
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Iron Deficiency in Patients with Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria: A Cross-Sectional Survey from a Single Institution in China.

Med Sci Monit 2018 Oct 11;24:7256-7263. Epub 2018 Oct 11.

Anemia Therapy Center, Institute of Hematology and Blood Diseases Hospital, Peking Union Medical College and Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (PUMC and CAMS), Tianjin, China (mainland).

BACKGROUND Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is an acquired clonal hematopoietic disorder that often manifests with chronic intravascular hemolysis. Iron deficiency in patients with PNH is most often due to urinary losses of iron secondary to chronic intravascular hemolysis. MATERIAL AND METHODS This cross-sectional survey assessed the prevalence of iron deficiency in a Chinese population of PNH patients who were enrolled between May 2012 and October 2014. Read More

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October 2018
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Rare thrombophilic conditions.

Ann Transl Med 2018 Sep;6(17):342

Section of Clinical Biochemistry, University of Verona, Verona, Italy.

Thrombophilia, either acquired or inherited, can be defined as a predisposition to developing thromboembolic complications. Since the discovery of antithrombin deficiency in the 1965, many other conditions have been described so far, which have then allowed to currently detect an inherited or acquired predisposition in approximately 60-70% of patients with thromboembolic disorders. These prothrombotic risk factors mainly include qualitative or quantitative defects of endogenous coagulation factor inhibitors, increased concentration or function of clotting proteins, defects in the fibrinolytic system, impaired platelet function, and hyperhomocysteinemia. Read More

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September 2018
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Ecthyma Gangrenosum in Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria.

Acta Haematol 2018 9;140(3):166-168. Epub 2018 Oct 9.

Department of Dermatology, Hospital Universitario de La Princesa, Madrid, Spain.

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October 2018
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Significant hemolysis is not required for thrombosis in paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria.

Haematologica 2018 Oct 4. Epub 2018 Oct 4.

Department of Hematology, St James university hospitals, Leeds, UK.

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October 2018
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Centipede envenomation: Clinical importance and the underlying molecular mechanisms.

Toxicon 2018 Nov 29;154:60-68. Epub 2018 Sep 29.

Key Laboratory of Animal Models and Human Disease Mechanisms of Chinese Academy of Sciences/Key Laboratory of Bioactive Peptides of Yunnan Province, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Kunming 650223, Yunnan, China. Electronic address:

Centipede bites are usually characterized by mildly to moderately painful encounters with humans, however, they are relatively infrequent. The vast majority of centipede envenomations do not cause severe symptoms and only in very rare cases more serious symptoms such as myocardial ischemia and infarction, hematuria, hemoglobinuria, rhabdomyolysis, hemorrhage, pruritus, eosinophilic cellulitis, as well as anaphylaxis are observed. More prevalent are symptoms including pain, paresthesia, lethargy, localized necrosis, headache, dizziness and nausea. Read More

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November 2018
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Recurrent aseptic meningitis with mutations: a novel pathogenesis of recurrent meningitis successfully treated by eculizumab.

BMJ Case Rep 2018 Sep 27;2018. Epub 2018 Sep 27.

Department of Neurology, Kobe City Medical Center General Hospital, Kobe, Japan.

We report the case of a patient with mutations who experienced recurrent aseptic meningitis 121 times over 16 years before developing paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria (PNH). Each episode was preceded by urticaria and arthralgia. After developing PNH, haemolysis occurred prior to meningitis. Read More

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September 2018
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The Risk of Clonal Evolution of Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factor for Acquired Aplastic Anemia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

Acta Haematol 2018 25;140(3):141-145. Epub 2018 Sep 25.

Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, Tianjin, China.

Objectives: This meta-analysis aimed to evaluate the risk of clonal evolution of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) in acquired aplastic anemia (AA), and whether the use of G-CSF increases the occurrence of secondary malignant neoplasms, mainly myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML) or paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH).

Methods: Data were gathered from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to evaluate the effect of G-CSF versus no G-CSF at the risk of developing the clonal complications of acquired AA. Electronic searches in PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane Library were performed to identify studies up to 1 January 2017. Read More

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September 2018
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How we treat paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria: A consensus statement of the Canadian PNH Network and review of the national registry.

Eur J Haematol 2019 Jan 25;102(1):36-52. Epub 2018 Oct 25.

Division of Hematology & Thromboembolism, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a rare hematologic disease characterized by intravascular hemolysis, thrombophilia, and marrow failure. Its phenotype is due to absent or reduced expression of GPI-linked complement regulators and subsequent sensitivity of hematopoietic cells to complement-mediated damage and lysis. Introduction of the terminal complement inhibitor eculizumab drastically improved outcomes in PNH patients; however, despite this improvement, there remain several challenges faced by PNH patients and physicians who care for them. Read More

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January 2019
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Preoperative administration of eculizumab to prevent surgery-triggered hemolysis during cesarean section with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria.

Clin Case Rep 2018 Sep 25;6(9):1807-1809. Epub 2018 Jul 25.

Perinatal and Maternal Center of Saitama Medical Center Jichi Medical University Saitama Japan.

Eculizumab in pregnancy has been reported to be effective in improving outcomes in patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria. However, a cesarean section may result in surgery-triggered hemolysis. An additional dose of eculizumab just prior to delivery is an appropriate choice to prevent postoperative hemolysis. Read More

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September 2018
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Therapeutic challenges in pregnant women with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria: A case report.

Medicine (Baltimore) 2018 Sep;97(36):e12155

Scientific Writing Office, EMESCAM.

Introduction: Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a rare acquired disease, arising from the mutation of clonal hematopoietic stem cells, with an estimated incidence of 1 to 5 cases per million individuals. In pregnant women, adequate information regarding the prevalence of PNH is lacking, and its management has been a challenge because of the significant complications in this group. The condition is diagnosed based on clinical findings and laboratory tests. Read More

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September 2018
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Renal azotemia and associated clinical and laboratory findings in dogs with Babesia rossi infection.

Vet Parasitol 2018 Aug 29;260:22-29. Epub 2018 Jul 29.

Department of Companion Animal Clinical Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, Onderstepoort 0110, South Africa.

The occurrence of acute kidney injury in canine babesiosis is not well documented. Furthermore, interpretation of urine specific gravity (USG) to assess renal concentrating ability is hampered by the frequent presence of hemoglobinuria in this disease. This cross-sectional study aimed to test the hypothesis that renal azotemia (RA) is underdiagnosed according to current canine babesiosis literature by determining its occurrence at presentation, using urine osmolality instead of USG to measure urinary concentration. Read More

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August 2018
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The Role of Whole-Body Magnetic Resonance Imaging (WB-MRI) in Patients with Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH).

Sci Rep 2018 Sep 7;8(1):13458. Epub 2018 Sep 7.

Department of Hematology, West German Cancer Center, University Hospital Essen, University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany.

In PNH thromboembolic events (TEs) represent the leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Between Dec 2013 and Jan 2016 37 PNH patients (pts) (23 PNH, 14 AA/PNH; 51% (19/37) females; median age 44 years, median D-dimer levels 0.22 mg/l) were examined with a whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (WB-MRI) scan at 1. Read More

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September 2018
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Autoimmune hemolytic anemia.

Vnitr Lek 2018 ;64(5):514-519

Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) is caused by auto-antibodies directed against self red blood cell (RBC) surface antigens. A consequence may be an intravascular hemolysis mediated by activated complement or extravascular hemolysis caused by destruction of complex of RBC with autoantibody in spleen and liver. The basic classification subdivides AIHA in primary/idiopathic and secondary with known underlying disease. Read More

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January 2018
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Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria.

Vnitr Lek 2018 ;64(5):508-513

Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) results from a deficiency in inhibitors of activated complement. This lack leads to complement mediated intravascular hemolysis, to activation of coagulation system with increased risk of thrombotic complications and to various degree of bone marrow failure. A molecular basis of PNH is a somatic mutation of PIGA gene causing a lack of glycosyl phosphatidyl inositol which binds many important antigens to cell surface membrane including inhibitors of activated complement CD59 and CD55 antigens. Read More

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January 2018
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A man with fever and haemoglobinuria after blood transfusion.

BMJ 2018 Sep 6;362:k3138. Epub 2018 Sep 6.

Haemoglobinopathy Service, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.

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September 2018
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[Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria and thrombosis in the era of eculizumab].

Rinsho Ketsueki 2018;59(8):1042-1047

Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Hematology and Oncology.

Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) arises as a consequence of clonal expansion of hematopoietic stem cells that have acquired a somatic mutation in the PIGA gene. The resulting hematopoietic cells have deficiencies in the GPI-anchored complement regulatory proteins CD55 and CD59, which account for the intravascular hemolysis that is the primary clinical manifestation of PNH. Thromboembolism is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in PNH, particularly in Caucasian patients. Read More

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January 2018
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Diagnosis and management of PNH: Review and recommendations from a Belgian expert panel.

Eur J Haematol 2018 Dec 23;101(6):737-749. Epub 2018 Oct 23.

Department of Haematology, CHU UCL Namur, Université catholique de Louvain, Yvoir, Belgium.

Despite its considerable morbidity and mortality, paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria (PNH) is still underdiagnosed. Patients with PNH can suffer from cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, neurological or haematological symptoms and refer to several specialists. The aim of this paper is to review the diagnosis and the management of PNH patients, with the primary focus on identifying high-risk groups. Read More

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December 2018
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Ravulizumab (ALXN1210) in patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria: results of 2 phase 1b/2 studies.

Blood Adv 2018 Sep;2(17):2176-2185

Department of Hematology, Seoul St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Ravulizumab (ALXN1210), a humanized monoclonal antibody to complement component C5, was engineered from eculizumab to have a substantially longer terminal half-life, permitting longer dosing intervals for paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) treatment. Two phase 1b/2 multicenter open-label studies evaluated efficacy and safety of multiple doses and regimens of ravulizumab in PNH patients naive to complement-inhibitor treatment. Patients in study 103 (n = 13) received ravulizumab 900 mg (lower trough exposure) or 1800 mg every 4 weeks (higher trough exposure); those in study 201 (n = 26) received 1000 mg every 4, 1600 mg every 6, 2400 mg every 8, or 5400 mg every 12 weeks. Read More

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September 2018
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Anaesthetic management for cardiac surgery in patients with cold haemagglutinin disease.

Indian J Anaesth 2018 Aug;62(8):628-631

Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Dr B.L. Kapur Memorial Hospital, New Delhi, India.

Cold haemagglutination is a primary or acquired autoimmune disease involving antibodies that lead to agglutination of red blood cells at low temperature followed by complement fixation and haemolysis on rewarming. This disease can lead to adverse consequences in patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery, especially when hypothermic cardiopulmonary bypass is applied. The authors discuss the management of two patients who underwent mitral valve replacement surgery while cold agglutinins were detected in the perioperative period. Read More

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August 2018
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Antiphosphatidylserine Antibody as a Cause of Multiple Dural Venous Sinus Thromboses and ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction.

Am J Case Rep 2018 Aug 31;19:1042-1046. Epub 2018 Aug 31.

Senior Attending Physician, Abington Hematology Oncology Associates, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

BACKGROUND Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disease characterized by antibodies directed against phospholipids on plasma membranes. Through unclear mechanisms, APS confers hypercoagulability. APS may cause recurrent thromboses in the arterial and venous vasculature. Read More

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August 2018
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Eculizumab in pregnancy: a narrative overview.

J Nephrol 2018 Aug 29. Epub 2018 Aug 29.

Department of Public Health, University Federico II, Via Pansini 5, 80131, Naples, Italy.

Pregnancy can be a dangerous trigger for patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), or hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelet (HELLP) syndrome. Due to the possibility of several serious complications, pregnancy is somewhat discouraged in the presence of the above diseases. Eculizumab is a humanized antibody that may dramatically change the clinical course of PNH, aHUS and HELLP syndrome. Read More

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August 2018
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Eculizumab application during pregnancy in a patient with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria: A case report with review of the literature.

Clin Case Rep 2018 Aug 27;6(8):1582-1587. Epub 2018 Jun 27.

Department of Obstetrics University Hospital of Zurich Zurich Switzerland.

Eculizumab is highly effective in inhibiting complement activation and has successfully shown to prevent complications and to improve quality of life in patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH). Its application during pregnancy showed favorable fetal and maternal outcome in the presented case and has proven to be effective without raising safety concerns. Read More

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August 2018
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Be on Target: Strategies of Targeting Alternative and Lectin Pathway Components in Complement-Mediated Diseases.

Front Immunol 2018 8;9:1851. Epub 2018 Aug 8.

Institute of Enzymology, Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary.

The complement system has moved into the focus of drug development efforts in the last decade, since its inappropriate or uncontrolled activation has been recognized in many diseases. Some of them are primarily complement-mediated rare diseases, such as paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, C3 glomerulonephritis, and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome. Complement also plays a role in various multifactorial diseases that affect millions of people worldwide, such as ischemia reperfusion injury (myocardial infarction, stroke), age-related macular degeneration, and several neurodegenerative disorders. Read More

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August 2018
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Utility of dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI to assess small bowel perfusion in paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria before and after eculizumab.

Eur J Intern Med 2018 11 17;57:e25-e27. Epub 2018 Aug 17.

Department of Radiology, Centre for Experimental Imaging, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Vita-Salute University, Milan, Italy.

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November 2018
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Spontaneous Remission in Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria-Return to Health or Transition Into Malignancy?

Front Immunol 2018 2;9:1749. Epub 2018 Aug 2.

Immunobiology Research Program, Department of Bacteriology and Immunology, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.

Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is an acquired syndrome characterized by intravascular hemolysis, thrombosis, and bone marrow failure. The disease is caused by a mutation in the gene that leads to the lack of glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored complement regulatory molecules CD55 and CD59 on affected blood cell surfaces. In previous studies, spontaneous clinical remissions have been described. Read More

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August 2018
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