Cold Agglutinin Disease

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Cold Agglutinin Disease

Cold agglutinin disease (CAD) is a rare form of autoimmune hemolytic anemia. In this condition, the immune system makes antibodies that attack the body's own red blood cells. This causes the blood cells to die prematurely (hemolysis). Symptoms may include pallor and fatigue; back and leg pain; headache; vomiting; diarrhea; and dark urine. CAD gets its name from the fact that the antibodies react at temperatures below 37ºC, so a cold environment may trigger the condition or make it worse. It can be primary (idiopathic) or secondary, due to an underlying condition such as an infection, another autoimmune disease, or certain cancers. Treatment often involves avoidance of cold temperatures.
 

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The terms "Cold Agglutinin Disease" returned 31 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Cold agglutinin disease presenting as livedo racemosa.
 

Author(s): Chihiro Shiiya, Mitsuhito Ota

Journal: CMAJ. 2017 06;189(22):E781.

 

Last Updated: 6 Jun 2017

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Postoperative Recurrence of Invasive Thymoma with Cold Agglutinin Disease and Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia.
 

Author(s): Taro Yoneda, Hayato Koba, Kota Tanimura, Naohiko Ogawa, Satoshi Watanabe, Johsuke Hara, Miki Abo, Takashi Sone, Hideharu Kimura, Kazuo Kasahara

Journal: Intern. Med.. ;55(18):2685-9.

 

A 50-year-old man presented to our hospital in 1995. Invasive thymoma was diagnosed and extended thymectomy and left upper lobe partial resection were performed. In 2013, he complained of dyspnea. Chest computed tomography showed postoperative recurrence of invasive thymoma. Several ...

Last Updated: 16 Sep 2016

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Cold agglutinin disease-associated digital gangrene treated with plasmapheresis.
 

Author(s): Yuta Koike, Yuichiro Akiyama, Atsushi Utani

Journal: Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. ;80(6):575-6.

 

Last Updated: 10 Nov 2014

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The terms "Cold Agglutinin Disease" returned 2 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Cold agglutinin disease.
 

Author(s): Paul L Swiecicki, Livia T Hegerova, Morie A Gertz

Journal: Blood. 2013 Aug;122(7):1114-21.

 

Cold agglutinin disease is a rare and poorly understood disorder affecting 15% of patients with autoimmune hemolytic anemia. We reviewed the clinical and pathologic features, prognosis, and management in the literature and describe our institutional experience to improve strategies ...

Last Updated: 16 Aug 2013

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Primary chronic cold agglutinin disease: an update on pathogenesis, clinical features and therapy.
 

Author(s): Sigbjørn Berentsen, Klaus Beiske, Geir E Tjønnfjord

Journal: Hematology. 2007 Oct;12(5):361-70.

 

Chronic cold agglutinin disease (CAD) is a subgroup of autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Primary CAD has traditionally been defined by the absence of any underlying or associated disease. The results of therapy with corticosteroids, alkylating agents and interferon-alpha have been poor. ...

Last Updated: 24 Sep 2007

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Study to Assess the Safety, Tolerability, Efficacy and PK of APL-2 in Patients With wAIHA or CAD
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Warm Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (wAIHA) or Cold Agglutinin Disease (CAD)

 

Last Updated: 8 Sep 2017

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