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Twice-daily therapeutical plasma exchange-based salvage therapy in severe autoimmune thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura: the French TMA Reference Center experience.

Soucemarianadin, Myriam; Benhamou, Ygal; Delmas, Yahsou; Pichereau, Claire; Maury, Eric; Pène, Frédéric; Halimi, Jean-Michel; Presne, Claire; Thouret, Jean-Marc; Veyradier, Agnès; Coppo, Paul.
Eur J Haematol; 97(2): 183-91, 2016 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26608617


Daily therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) and rituximab improved thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) prognosis. In the more severe cases, salvage therapies including twice-daily TPE and/or cyclophosphamide may be proposed and require evaluation.


TTP was defined as a thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) with severe (<10%) acquired ADAMTS13 deficiency. Among patients included in the French Reference Center for TMA registry, we considered those with a severe disease (i.e., unresponsive to daily TPE and rituximab) who received twice-daily TPE.


Nineteen of 289 (6.6%) patients with TTP were treated by twice-daily TPE between 2008 and 2014. Twice-daily TPE was associated with rituximab in 16 cases. The median duration of twice-daily TPE treatment was 3 d (2-22 d). In 6 patients (31.6%), additional treatments (mainly pulses of cyclophosphamide) were performed because of a persistently refractory disease (4 cases) or an exacerbation (2 cases), despite twice-daily TPE. Only one patient (5.3%) died. The other 18 achieved a durable complete remission 25.5 d (13-68 d) after the first TPE. The median follow-up was 14.4 months (7 d-45 months).


Twice-daily TPE may be an efficient strategy in the more severe TTP patients with a short-term life-threatening disease that could overcome their poor prognosis.
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