(Marchiafava Micheli syndrome)
- Characteristics of Taiwanese patients of PNH in the international PNH registry. [Journal Article]
- TJThromb J 2016; 14(Suppl 1):39
- CONCLUSIONS: This is the first systematic review on the Taiwanese PNH patients. Our analysis would provide key information about our PNH patients and would help understanding the basic characteristics of this rare disease in Taiwan.
- Bilateral central serous retinopathy in a patient with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria treated with deferoxamine. [Journal Article]
- EJEur J Ophthalmol 2016 Jul 18; :0
- CONCLUSIONS: This case represents the first report of acute bilateral central serous retinopathy associated with deferoxamine therapy. Cessation of deferoxamine resulted in rapid visual recovery.
- Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria: a retrospective single-center study. [Letter]
- HOHematol Oncol 2016 Oct 20
- Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a rare clonal disease of hematopoietic stem cell characterized by complement mediated intravascular hemolysis. There are different treatment modalities av...
Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a rare clonal disease of hematopoietic stem cell characterized by complement mediated intravascular hemolysis. There are different treatment modalities available for PNH, such as supportive care, eculizumab, and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT); only the last one has a potential curative role. This study reported the outcome of HSCT transplanted PNH patients. Thirteen PNH patients between 2002 and 2014 participated in this study. All had full-matched sibling donors, and the conditioning regimen was Bu/Cy (busulfan plus cyclophosphamide), and the source of stem cells was peripheral blood of the donors. Mean age at transplant was 27.46 years, and mean time to transplant was 41.30 months. Three were female and 10 were male. Three patients died at the end of follow-up time, and the cause of death was graft versus host disease (GVHD) for all 3 cases. Survival analysis showed a 5-year and a 13-year survival rate of 74.07% and a significant relationship between a positive history of thrombosis and a higher mortality rate. HSCT has curative role in management of PNH with an acceptable survival rate and therefore can be considered as an acceptable choice for selected cases.
- Technical advances in flow cytometry-based diagnosis and monitoring of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria. [Journal Article]
- EEinstein (Sao Paulo) 2016 Jul-Sep; 14(3):366-373
- CONCLUSIONS: High-sensitivity flow cytometry allowed more sensitive determination of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria clone type and size, particularly in samples with small clones.
- Occlusive Nonvasculitic Vasculopathy: A Review. [Journal Article]
- AJAm J Dermatopathol 2016 Oct 18
- We review the most characteristic clinical and histopathologic findings of the cutaneous manifestations of the occlusive nonvasculitic vasculopathic disorders. Clinically, most of these conditions ar...
We review the most characteristic clinical and histopathologic findings of the cutaneous manifestations of the occlusive nonvasculitic vasculopathic disorders. Clinically, most of these conditions are characterized by retiform purpura. Histopathologic findings consist of occlusion of the vessel lumina with no vasculitis. Different disorders may produce nonvasculitic occlusive vasculopathy in cutaneous blood and lymphatic vessels, including embolization due to cholesterol and oxalate emboli, cutaneous intravascular metastasis from visceral malignancies, atrial myxomas, intravascular angiosarcoma, intralymphatic histiocytosis, intravascular lymphomas, endocarditis, crystal globulin vasculopathy, hypereosinophilic syndrome, and foreign material. Other times, the occlusive disorder is due to platelet pugging, including heparin necrosis, thrombocytosis secondary to myeloproliferative disorders, paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. Occlusive vasculopathy may also appear in cold-related gelling agglutination, like that occurring in cryofibrinogenemia, cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin syndrome, and crystalglobulinemia. Microorganisms may also occlude the vessels lumina and this is especially frequent in ecthyma gangrenosum, opportunistic fungi as aspergillosis or fusariosis, Lucio phenomenon of lepromatous leprosy and disseminated strongyloidiasis. Systemic coagulopathies due to defects of C and S proteins, coumarin/warfarin-induced skin necrosis, disseminated intravascular coagulation, and antiphospholipid antibody/lupus anticoagulant syndrome may also result in occlusive nonvasculitic vasculopathy. Finally, vascular coagulopathies such as Sneddon syndrome, livedoid vasculopathy, and atrophic papulosis may also cause occlusion of the vessels of the dermis and/or subcutis. Histopathologic study of occlusive vasculopathic lesions is the first step to achieve an accurate diagnosis, and they should be correlated with clinical history, physical examination, and laboratory findings to reach a final diagnosis.
- Positive Impact of Eculizumab Therapy on Surgery for Budd-Chiari Syndrome in a Patient with Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria and a Long-Term History of Thrombosis. [Journal Article]
- HRHematol Rep 2016 Sep 28; 8(3):6562
- Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is associated with severe end-organ damage and a high risk of thrombosis. Budd-Chiari syndrome, which develops after thrombotic occlusion of major hepatic bl...
Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is associated with severe end-organ damage and a high risk of thrombosis. Budd-Chiari syndrome, which develops after thrombotic occlusion of major hepatic blood vessels, is relatively common in PNH and has been associated with increased mortality. We report the case of a 46-year-old male with PNH who presented with Budd-Chiari syndrome associated with portal cavernoma, portal hypertension and hypersplenism. In September 2010, the patient suffered gastrointestinal bleeding, hematuria, and elevated plasma lactate dehydrogenase; he started eculizumab therapy with a good response. In October 2012, he developed upper gastrointestinal variceal bleeding and a splenorenal shunt was placed. At the time of writing, the patient remains stable and eculizumab continues to be effective. There is limited data on the use of eculizumab for prevention of hemolysis and its consequences in PNH patients undergoing surgery. Our findings provide evidence for the efficacy and safety of eculizumab in this setting.
- PASylated Coversin, a C5-Specific Complement Inhibitor with Extended Pharmacokinetics, Shows Enhanced Anti-Hemolytic Activity in Vitro. [Journal Article]
- BCBioconjug Chem 2016 Oct 19; 27(10):2359-2371
- The Ornithodoros moubata Complement Inhibitor (OmCI) binds complement component 5 (C5) with high affinity and, thus, selectively prevents proteolytic activation of the terminal lytic complement pathw...
The Ornithodoros moubata Complement Inhibitor (OmCI) binds complement component 5 (C5) with high affinity and, thus, selectively prevents proteolytic activation of the terminal lytic complement pathway. A recombinant version of OmCI (also known as Coversin and rEV576) has proven efficacious in several animal models of complement-mediated diseases and successfully completed a phase Ia clinical trial. Coversin is a small 17 kDa lipocalin protein which has a very short plasma half-life if not bound to C5; therefore, the drug requires frequent dosing. We have improved the pharmacokinetics of Coversin by N-terminal translational conjugation with a 600 residue polypeptide composed of Pro, Ala, and Ser (PAS) residues. To this end, PAS-Coversin as well as the unmodified Coversin were functionally expressed in the cytoplasm of E. coli and purified to homogeneity. Both versions showed identical affinity to human C5, as determined by surface plasmon resonance measurements, and revealed similar complement inhibitory activity, as measured in ELISAs with human serum. In line with the PEG-like biophysical properties, PASylation dramatically prolonged the plasma half-life of uncomplexed Coversin by a factor ≥50 in mice. In a clinically relevant in vitro model of the complement-mediated disease paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) both versions of Coversin effectively reduced erythrocyte lysis. Unexpectedly, while the IC50 values were comparable, PAS-Coversin reached a substantially lower plateau of residual lysis at saturating inhibitor concentrations. Taken together, our data demonstrate two clinically relevant improvements of PASylated Coversin: markedly increased plasma half-life and considerably reduced background hemolysis of erythrocytes with PNH-induced phenotype.
- Successful Treatment of Ascites using a Denver(®) Peritoneovenous Shunt in a Patient with Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria and Budd-Chiari syndrome. [Journal Article]
- IMIntern Med 2016; 55(20):2957-2963
- A 56-year-old man was diagnosed with aplastic anemia and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria at 43 years of age and treatment with cyclosporin A was started. Liver cirrhosis, ascites, and thrombus in...
A 56-year-old man was diagnosed with aplastic anemia and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria at 43 years of age and treatment with cyclosporin A was started. Liver cirrhosis, ascites, and thrombus in the hepatic veins were found at 56 years of age and Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS) was diagnosed according to angiography findings. He was treated with diuretics and paracentesis was performed several times, but with limited efficacy. A Denver(®) peritoneovenous shunt (PVS) was inserted into the right jugular vein; his ascites and renal function improved immediately and his general condition has remained good for 12 months since starting the above treatment regimen. A PVS is a treatment option for ascites due to BCS.
- Evaluation of efficacy of alemtuzumab in 5 patients with aplastic anemia and/or myelodysplastic neoplasm. [Journal Article]
- WKWien Klin Wochenschr 2016 Oct 14
- Patients with aplastic anemia or hypoplastic myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) may respond to immunosuppressive therapy, including the anti-CD52 antibody alemtuzumab. We analyzed treatment responses to ...
Patients with aplastic anemia or hypoplastic myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) may respond to immunosuppressive therapy, including the anti-CD52 antibody alemtuzumab. We analyzed treatment responses to alemtuzumab in 5 patients with MDS or aplastic anemia (AA) evolving to MDS. Two patients with hypoplastic MDS (hMDS) showed a partial response (PR) to alemtuzumab. In both responding patients, a concomitant paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) clone was detected before therapy. One responder relapsed after 15 months and underwent successful allogeneic stem cell transplantation. Both patients are still alive and in remission after 40 and 20 months, respectively. The other patients showed no response to alemtuzumab. One patient died from pneumonia 4 months after treatment. In summary, our data confirm that alemtuzumab is an effective treatment option for a subset of patients with MDS, even in the presence of a PNH clone.
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- Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria with different presentations : A review of three cases. [Journal Article]
- JAJ Assoc Physicians India 2016; 64(1):49