Combined chelation with high-dose deferiprone and deferoxamine to improve survival and restore cardiac function effectively in patients with transfusion-dependent thalassemia presenting severe cardiac complications.
- 作者列表："Chuang TY","Li JP","Weng TF","Wu KH","Chao YH
:Iron overload-induced cardiomyopathy is the leading cause of death in patients with transfusion-dependent thalassemia (TDT). The mortality is extremely high in these patients with severe cardiac complications, and how to rescue them remains a challenge. It is reasonable to use combined chelation with deferiprone (L1) and deferoxamine (DFO) because of their shuttle and synergistic effects on iron chelation. Here, seven consecutive patients with TDT who had severe cardiac complications between 2002 and 2019 and received combined chelation therapy with oral high-dose L1 (100 mg/kg/day) and continuous 24-h DFO infusion (50 mg/kg/day) in our hospital were reported. Survival for eight consecutive patients receiving DFO monotherapy for their severe cardiac complications between 1984 and 2001 was compared. We found that combined chelation therapy with high-dose L1 and DFO was efficient to improve survival and cardiac function in patients with TDT presenting severe cardiac complications. Reversal of arrhythmia to sinus rhythm was noted in all patients. Their 1-month follow-up left ventricular ejection fraction increased significantly (P < 0.001). There were no deaths, and all patients were discharged from hospital with good quality of life. In contrast, all the eight patients receiving DFO monotherapy died (P < 0.001). Accordingly, combined chelation therapy with high-dose L1 and DFO should be considered in patients with TDT presenting cardiac complications.
: 铁过载诱导的心肌病是输血依赖性地中海贫血 (TDT) 患者死亡的主要原因。这些严重心脏并发症患者的死亡率极高，如何抢救仍然是一个挑战。使用去铁酮 (L1) 和去铁胺 (DFO) 的组合螯合是合理的，因为它们对铁螯合具有穿梭和协同作用。在这里，我们报告了7例连续的TDT患者，他们在2002年至2019年间出现严重的心脏并发症，并在我们医院接受了口服大剂量L1 (100 mg/kg/天) 和连续24小时DFO输注 (50 mg/kg/天) 的联合螯合治疗。比较了1984年至2001年间连续8例接受DFO单药治疗的严重心脏并发症患者的生存率。我们发现大剂量L1和DFO联合螯合治疗可有效改善存在严重心脏并发症的TDT患者的生存率和心功能。所有患者心律失常均逆转为窦性心律。随访1个月左室射血分数明显升高 (p <0.001)。无死亡病例，所有患者均出院，生活质量良好。相比之下，接受DFO单药治疗的所有8例患者死亡 (p <0.001)。因此，在出现心脏并发症的TDT患者中应考虑高剂量L1和DFO的联合螯合治疗。
METHODS:BACKGROUND:Thalassemia is one of the most common monogenetic diseases in the south of China and Southeast Asia. Hemoglobin Bart's hydrops fetalis syndrome was caused by a homozygous Southeast Asian deletion (-/-) in the HBA gene. Few studies have proved the potential of screen for Bart's hydrops fetalis using fetal cell-free DNA. However, the number of cases is still relatively small. Clinical trials of large samples would be needed. OBJECTIVE:In this study, we aimed to develop a noninvasive method of target-captured sequencing and genotyping by the Bayesian method using cell-free fetal DNA to identify the fetal genotype in pregnant women who are at risk of having hemoglobin Bart hydrops fetalis in a large-scale study. STUDY DESIGN:In total, 192,173 couples from 30 hospitals were enrolled in our study and 878 couples were recruited, among whom both the pregnant women and their husbands were detected to be carriers of Southeast Asian type (-/αα) of α-thalassemia. Prenatal diagnosis was performed by chorionic villus sampling, amniocentesis, or cordocentesis using gap-polymerase chain reaction considered as the golden standard. RESULTS:As a result, we found that the sensitivity and specificity of our noninvasive method were 98.81% and 94.72%, respectively, in the training set as well as 100% and 99.31%, respectively, in the testing set. Moreover, our method could identify all of 885 maternal samples with the Southeast Asian carrier and 36 trisomy samples with 100% of sensitivity in T13, T18, and T21 and 99.89% (1 of 917) and 99.88% (1 of 888) of specificity in T18 and T21, respectively. CONCLUSION:Our method opens the possibility of early screening for maternal genotyping of α-thalassemia, fetal aneuploidies in chromosomes 13/18/21, and hemoglobin Bart hydrops fetalis detection in 1 tube of maternal plasma.
METHODS:OBJECTIVES:Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a serious illness with disabling acute and chronic pain that needs better therapies, but insufficient patient participation in research is a major impediment to advancing SCD pain management. The purpose of this article is to discuss the challenges of conducting an SCD study and approaches to successfully overcoming those challenges. DESIGN:In a repeated-measures, longitudinal study designed to characterize SCD pain phenotypes, we recruited 311 adults of African ancestry. Adults with SCD completed 4 study visits 6 months apart, and age- and gender-matched healthy controls completed 1 visit. RESULTS:We recruited and completed measures on 186 patients with SCD and 125 healthy controls. We retained 151 patients with SCD with data at 4 time points over 18 months and 125 healthy controls (1 time point) but encountered many challenges in recruitment and study visit completion. Enrollment delays often arose from patients' difficulty in taking time from their complicated lives and frequent pain episodes. Once scheduled, participants with SCD cancelled 49% of visits often because of pain; controls canceled 30% of their scheduled visits. To facilitate recruitment and retention, we implemented a number of strategies that were invaluable in our success. CONCLUSION:Patients' struggles with illness, chronic pain, and their life situations resulted in many challenges to recruitment and completion of study visits. Important to overcoming challenges was gaining the trust of patients with SCD and a participant-centered approach. Early identification of potential problems allowed strategies to be instituted proactively, leading to success.
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