One Year Hospital Data Patients With AIHA in Assiut University Hospital - Clinical Hematology Unit

One Year Hospital Data Patients With Autoimmune Hemolytic Anaemia in Assiut University Hospital - Clinical Hematology Unit


Lead Sponsor: Assiut University

Source Assiut University
Brief Summary

Autoimmune hemolytic anemia is characterized by shortened red blood cell survival and a positive Coombs test. The responsible autoantibodies may be either warm reactive or cold reactive. The rate of hemolysis and the severity of the anemia may vary from mild to severe and life-threatening. Diagnosis is made in the laboratory by the findings of anemia, reticulocytosis, a positive Coombs test, and specific serologic tests. The prognosis is generally good but renal failure and death sometimes occur, especially in cases mediated by drugs.

Detailed Description

Hemolysis is the premature destruction of erythrocytes. A hemolytic anemia will develop if bone marrow activity cannot compensate for the erythrocyte loss. The severity of the anemia depends on whether the onset of hemolysis is gradual or abrupt and on the extent of erythrocyte destruction Hemolysis can be due to hereditary and acquired disorders. Acquired causes of hemolysis include immune disorders, Toxic chemicals and drugs, Antiviral agents and Physical damage .

Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) exhibits two important characteristics: shortened red blood cell (RBC) survival and presence of autoantibodies directed toward autologous RBCs, usually demonstrated by a positive direct antiglobulin (Coombs) test (DAT). AIHA is classified by the temperature at which autoantibodies bind optimally to RBCs. In warm antibody AIHA, which constitutes about 80-90% of adult cases, hemolysis is mediated by antibodies which bind to RBCs at 37 °C (98.6 °F. In cryopathic hemolytic syndromes, cold-reactive autoantibodies exhibit affinity for RBCs optimally at temperatures below body temperature. In adults, most of the cold-reactive antibodies are agglutinins of the immunoglobulin M (IgM) isotype. In children, cold hemolysins (generally IgG) are most common. Unusual patients with mixed AIHA exhibit both cold-reactive and warm-reactive autoantibodies .

Each of these types of AIHA may be sub-classified based on the presence or absence of underlying diseases. In the absence of an underlying disease, the AIHA is termed primary or idiopathic. When AIHA occurs as a manifestation or complication of another disease, the term secondary AIHA is used. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and lymphomas account for about half of all secondary AIHA cases. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and other autoimmune diseases also account for a large number of secondary AIHA cases. Certain drugs also mediate immune injury to RBCs. Three mechanisms are recognized and two of these involve elements of autoimmunity, in which autoantibodies recognize and bind to specific RBC epitopes in concert with drugs or their metabolites or in which the autoantibody binds to RBC epitopes without the presence of drug

Diagnosis The signs and symptoms of AIHA are nonspecific and common to all types of anemia . The primary symptoms include exertional dyspnea, dyspnea at rest, varying degrees of fatigue, and signs and symptoms of the hyperdynamic state, such as bounding pulses, palpitations…etc

The laboratory findings of drug-induced AIHA may resemble those of warm antibody AIHA or a cryopathic hemolytic syndrome, depending on the mechanism of the autoantibody induction and the target antigen. A high index of suspicion on the part of the clinician and discussions with blood bank personnel can usually reveal the role of the drug.

complete blood count Peripheral blood smear : This test can detect an anemia, pancytopenia, and infections. Along with the differential count, a complete blood count can help diagnose hematologic malignancies and other hematological disorders. The platelet count usually is normal in most hemolytic anemias.

An increased reticulocyte count represents increased RBC production and is a criterion for hemolysis but is not specific for hemolysis. Thrombocytopenia associated with positive direct coombs test occur in evans syndrome .

Serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) study : Serum LDH elevation is a criterion for hemolysis, but is not specific

Serum haptoglobin : A low serum haptoglobin level is a criterion for moderate-to-severe hemolysis.

Indirect bilirubin : Unconjugated bilirubin is a criterion for hemolysis, but it is not specific , the level of indirect bilirubin usually is less than 3 mg/dL.

Direct antiglobulin test (DAT):

The DAT result is usually positive in autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA), but it may occasionally be negative in this disorder. DAT-negative AIHAs have been reviewed. From 5-10% of all AIHAs are DAT negative. The polybrene test can detect DAT-negative AIHA.

Treatment all of the drugs used in the treatment of AIHA are largely or partly directed against the patient's natural immune system, which may, in turn, extensively derail the immune system due to treatment. .The first-line therapy for warm AIHA are corticosteroids, which are effective in 70-85% of patients and should be slowly tapered over a time period of 6-12 months. For refractory/relapsed cases, the current sequence of second-line therapy is splenectomy (effective approx. in 2 out of 3 cases but with a presumed cure rate of up to 20%), rituximab (effective in approx. 80-90% of cases), and thereafter any of the immunosuppressive drugs (azathioprine, cyclophosphamide, cyclosporin, mycophenolate mofetil). Additional therapies are intravenous immunoglobulins, danazol, plasma-exchange, and alemtuzumab and high-dose cyclophosphamide as last resort option. As the experience with rituximab evolves, it is likely that this drug will be located at an earlier point in therapy of warm AIHA, before more toxic immunosuppressants, and in place of splenectomy in some cases. In coronary artery disease , rituximab is now recommended as first-line treatment

Overall Status Unknown status
Start Date October 1, 2017
Completion Date December 1, 2018
Primary Completion Date September 1, 2018
Study Type Observational
Primary Outcome
Measure Time Frame
total number of adverse events 6 months from baseline
Change from baseline in hemoglobin 6 months from baseline
Secondary Outcome
Measure Time Frame
Dose of steroid treatment 5 day , 20 days , 40 days , 61 days , 63 days , 6 months after steroids inclusion
Enrollment 100

Sampling Method: Non-Probability Sample


Inclusion Criteria:

patients diagnosed auto Immune hemolytic anaemia primary or secondary(CLL, Lymphoma , rheumatoid arthritis

, SLE ,Drug induced ) from 10/2017 to 10/18

Exclusion Criteria:

1. All types of congenital hemolytic anaemia

2. Microangiopathic hemolytic anaemia ( Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) , Hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) , Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) )

3. Alloimmune hemolytic anaemia

4. pregnancy

Gender: All

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: 75 Years

Healthy Volunteers: No

Overall Official
Overall Contact

Last Name: ehab ahmed abdel menam

Phone: 201141587651

Email: [email protected]

Verification Date

August 2017

Responsible Party

Type: Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation: Assiut University

Investigator Full Name: Ehab A. Abdelmenam

Investigator Title: Principal Investigator

Has Expanded Access No
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Study Design Info

Observational Model: Cohort

Time Perspective: Prospective