Is it quinine TTP/HUS or quinine TMA? ADAMTS13 levels and implications for therapy.

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Thrombocytopenia with or without microangiopathy following quinine is often referred to as quinine "hypersensitivity." When schistocytes are present it is frequently termed "quinine-associated TTP/HUS." A severe deficiency of the vWF-cleaving protease, ADAMTS13, is associated with idiopathic TTP. A previous study of patients with "quinine-associated TTP/HUS" found that ADAMTS13 activities were not abnormal in 12/12 patients. A retrospective review of TTP patients with quinine-associated thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) for whom ADAMTS13 was measured before plasma exchange was performed. Six patients were identified. All were females (age range: 43 to 73, mean = 61.7 years) and had taken quinine for leg cramps. Four of the six experienced renal failure requiring dialysis. Five of the patients had D-Dimers levels measured, all were elevated. In four patients the levels were > or = 18 times the upper limit of normal. ADAMTS13 was normal in four patients and mildly decreased in two patients. We conclude that while thrombocytopenia and schistocytosis can be seen in quinine-associated TTP/HUS, the pathophysiology seems to be distinct from that seen in most cases of idiopathic TTP (i.e., severely decreased ADAMTS13 with an inhibitor). We recommend that a TMA in association with quinine be consistently referred to as quinine-associated thrombotic microangiopathy (quinine-TMA) to better distinguish this entity from idiopathic TTP. The use of plasma exchange in quinine-TMA is called into question.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Park, YA; Hay, SN; King, KE; Matevosyan, K; Poisson, J; Powers, A; Sarode, R; Shaz, B; Brecher, ME

Published Date

  • 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 115 - 119

PubMed ID

  • 19260037

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-1101

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/jca.20194


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States