Journal article

Consensus opinion on diagnosis and management of thrombotic microangiopathy in Australia and New Zealand

Lucy C Fox, Solomon J Cohney, Joshua Y Kausman, Jake Shortt, Peter D Hughes, Erica M Wood, Nicole M Isbel, Theo de Malmanche, Anne Durkan, Pravin Hissaria, Piers Blombery, Thomas D Barbour

NEPHROLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) arises in a variety of clinical circumstances with the potential to cause significant dysfunction of the kidneys, brain, gastrointestinal tract and heart. TMA should be considered in all patients with thrombocytopenia and anaemia, with an immediate request to the haematology laboratory to look for red cell fragments on a blood film. While TMA of any aetiology generally demands prompt treatment, this is especially so in thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS), where organ failure may be precipitous, irreversible and fatal. In all adults, urgent, empirical plasma exchange (PE) should be started within 4-8 h of p..

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