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Activated Prothrombin Complex Concentrate-Induced Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome Treated with Eculizumab

Challenging differential diagnosis, Unusual or unexpected effect of treatment, Unexpected drug reaction

Hsin Hsiang Clarence Tsai, Justin Tyler Moyers, Christie J. Moore, MieMie Thinn

USA School of Medicine, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA, USA

Am J Case Rep 2021; 22:e929616

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.929616

Available online: 2021-01-26

Published: 2021-03-08


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BACKGROUND: Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) is a set of heterogenous disorders of thrombotic microangiopathy defined by thrombocytopenia, hemolytic anemia, and acute renal failure that is not mediated by shiga toxin. Factor Eight Inhibitor Bypassing Activity (FEIBA) is a concentrate of inactivated and activated coagulation factors that is approved for use to establish hemostasis in patients with hemophilia or acquired factor inhibitors. However, it has recently been used off-label as an anticoagulant reversal therapy among the general population. Additionally, post-market surveillance has shown increased thromboembolic adverse events, whereas micro-thrombotic complications are rarely described.
CASE REPORT: A 58-year-old man with a history of hypertension and a single deep vein thrombosis on warfarin presented with right upper-quadrant tenderness extending to the right flank. He was found to have a hepatic hematoma and was given activated prothrombin complex concentrate (aPCC) of 14 150 units of anti-inhibitor coagulant complex at 100 units per kilogram due to concern for active hemorrhage. Subsequently, he developed anemia, thrombocytopenia, and renal failure consistent with atypical HUS. He was treated with hemodialysis, corticosteroids, plasma exchange, and 4 weekly doses of the anti-C5 antibody eculizumab. The patient subsequently recovered, demonstrating improved hemoglobin, creatinine, and platelets. He eventually achieved hemodialysis independence. Follow-up showed no evidence of recurrent atypical HUS and the patient has not needed maintenance eculizumab.
CONCLUSIONS: Herein, we report the first case of aHUS associated with administration of a single large dose of aPCC for anticoagulation reversal. We postulate a potential mechanism for FEIBA-induced aHUS and report the efficacy of a short trial of eculizumab.

Keywords: Blood Coagulation Factors, case reports, Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions, Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome, Thrombotic Microangiopathies, Anemia, Hemolytic, acute kidney injury, Treatment Outcome, Thrombocytopenia



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