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Antihirudin antibodies in patients with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia treated with lepirudin: incidence, effects on aPTT, and clinical relevance.
Department of Transfusion Medicine, Greifswald University, Germany.
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2000 (English)In: Blood, ISSN 0006-4971, E-ISSN 1528-0020, Vol. 96, no 7, 2373-8 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Hirudin, a potent and specific thrombin inhibitor, is a protein of nonhuman origin and therefore potentially immunogenic. The primary objectives of this investigation were to determine the incidence of antihirudin antibodies (ahir-ab) in patients with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) who received lepirudin as parenteral anticoagulation and to determine the incidence of death, limb amputation, new thromboembolic complications (TECs), and major hemorrhage in patients who had ahir-ab, compared with patients who were ahir-ab negative. The investigation used data from 2 prospective multicenter studies with the same study protocol, in which HIT patients received 1 of 4 intravenous lepirudin dosage regimens. The treatment duration was 2 to 10 days. Ahir-ab were determined by a newly developed enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Eighty-seven of 196 evaluable patients (44.4%) had ahir-ab of the IgG class. Development of ahir-ab was dependent on the duration of treatment (ahir-ab-positive patients 18.6 days vs ahir-ab-negative patients 11.8 days; P =.0001). Fewer ahir-ab-positive than ahir-ab-negative patients died (P =.001). Ahir-ab did not cause an increase in limb amputation (P =.765), new TECs (P >.99), or major bleedings (P =.549). In 23 of 51 (45.1%) evaluable patients in whom ahir-ab developed during treatment with lepirudin ( = 12% of all lepirudin treated patients), the ahir-ab enhanced the anticoagulatory effect of lepirudin. Ahir-ab are frequent in patients treated with lepirudin for more than 5 days. Ahir-ab are the first example for a drug-induced immune response causing enhanced activity of a drug. Therefore, during prolonged treatment with lepirudin, anticoagulatory activity should be monitored daily to avoid bleeding complications.

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2000. Vol. 96, no 7, 2373-8 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-161387PubMedID: 11001886OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-161387DiVA: diva2:455957
Available from: 2011-11-11 Created: 2011-11-11 Last updated: 2011-11-30

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