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1 Second Year Medical Student Fall Pathology Lab: Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking
October 21st and 22nd 2013

2 Outline, Presenters, Contact Info Blood Donation, Component preparation, and Transfusion indications Dr. Dan Waxman, M.D. Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Indiana Blood Center Clinical Professor of Pathology Ordering a blood transfusion Dr. Connie Danielson, M.D, PhD Chief of Laboratory Service at Wishard Hospital Clinical Associate Professor Basic principles of transfusion Dr. Julie Cruz, M.D. Associate Medical Director of Indiana Blood Center Volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology

3 Outline, Presenters, Contact Info Transfusion reactions Dr. Nicole Hubbard, M.D. Microbiology fellow Case Presentation Dr. Ted Kieffer, M.D., M.S. PGY3 Pathology resident Presentors Dr. Morgan McCoy, M.D. PGY3 Clinical Pathology resident Dr. Stephanie Slemp, M.D. PGY2 Pathology resident

4 Transfusion Medicine Lab
Blood Donation, Component Preparation, and Transfusion Indications

5 Transfusion therapy is a set of processes, not just a product
Recruit donor Medical reason to TX Screen donor Pre-TX testing Collect unit Issue unit Prepare components Administer at bedside Infectious diseases testing Monitor & evaluate Product: Blood safety Entire process: Blood transfusion safety After S. Dzik, MD Blood Transfusion Service, MGH, Boston


7 Whole Blood Description: 500+/- 50 ml mixed with 70 ml CPD
Storage: 21 days stored at 1-6º Indications: Recently used in military hospitals in combat areas settings Proposed clinical trials to examine feasibility and efficacy in civilian setting


9 Packed Red Blood Cells Description: Storage = 42 days
200 ml of RBC with 111 ml of additive solution Packed cell volume = 60% Storage = 42 days

10 Packed Red Blood Cells Indications:
Acute blood loss exceeding 15-20% of blood volume (pediatric patients ml/Kg) and failure to obtain hemodynamic stability with reasonable volume of crystalloid and/or colloid solutions Acute blood loss of any amount if there is clinical evidence of inadequate oxygen carrying capacity

11 Packed Red Blood Cells Indications: (Cont’d)
Hemoglobin of ≤ 7 gm/dl (hematocrit ≤ 21%), if not due to a treatable cause (treatment of underlying case is preferable if patient is not symptomatic) Symptomatic anemia regardless of hemoglobin level Hemoglobin ≤ 8 gm/dl (hematocrit ≤ 24% ) and acute cardiac disease / or shock

12 Packed Red Blood Cells Contraindications: For volume replacement
In place of a hematinic To enhance wound healing To improve general “well-being”


14 Leukocyte-Reduced Red Blood Cells
Description: Packed red cells with leukocytes reduced (residual leukocyte count less than 5 X 106)

15 Leukocyte-Reduced Red Blood Cells
Processing of Product: Product made during transfusion with filter attached to unit Pre-storage leukocyte reduction at blood center

16 Leukocyte-Reduced Red Blood Cells
Indications: Prevention of HLA/WBC alloimmunization Prevention of recurrent non-hemolytic febrile reactions Prevention of CMV transmission in select groups of patients


18 Saline Washed Red Blood Cells
Description: packed red cells washed with saline 99% of plasma proteins are removed 85% of leukocytes are removed Post-wash K + is 0.2 meq/L

19 Saline Washed Red Blood Cells
Processing: manual and automatic methods Storage: once washed, 24-hour outdate



22 Saline Washed Red Blood Cells
Indications: History of allergic or febrile reactions secondary to plasma proteins not prevented by pre-transfusion administration of antihistamines and leukocyte reduction IgA deficiency with documented IgA antibodies History of anaphylactic reaction to blood components

23 Irradiated Blood Products
Products irradiated: Whole blood, packed red cells, platelets and granulocyte concentrates

24 Irradiated Blood Products
Indications: preventing graft versus host disease Immunocompromised patients Directed donations from blood relatives Premature infants ≤ 1200 gms Fetuses receiving intrauterine transfusions Neonatal exchange transfusions

25 Irradiated Blood Products
Processing and final product: Irradiate with 2500cGy Mitotic capacity of lymphocytes is reduced or eliminated without significant functional damage to other cellular elements


27 Irradiated Blood Products
Storage: Red cells outdate 28 days from irradiation (or original expiration if less than 28 days)

28 Platelet Concentrates
Description: Random donor unit contains 5.5 X 1010 platelets suspended in ml of plasma Apheresis donor unit contains 3.0 X 1011 platelets suspended in ml of plasma


30 2-RBCs Plateletpheresis Plasmapheresis

31 Apheresis Platelet 2

32 Platelet Concentrates
Storage: Stored at 20-24º C on a rotator 5-day outdate

33 Platelet Concentrates
Indications: prevention and cessation of bleeding Severely thrombocytopenic (less than 10,000 or 20,000 depending on institution) Moderately thrombocytopenic and bleeding (less than 50,000) Surgery or invasive procedure (less than 50,000) Diffuse microvascular bleeding following cardiopulmonary bypass or with intra-aortic balloon pump (less than 100,000) Bleeding with qualitative platelet defect Massive Transfusion Protocols (MTP)

34 Platelet Concentrates
Contraindications: Idiopathic Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP)

35 Platelet Concentrates
Dosage: 4-6 platelet concentrates 1 apheresis unit Platelet count should increase 25,000 – 30,000/cc3 Each dose has equivalent of one unit of fresh plasma* * Unless using platelet additive solution (PAS)

36 Frozen Plasma Description: Storage: 1 year at -18º C
ml of plasma and CPDA-1, including 25 meq of citric acid Jumbo plasma 400 cc or greater Frozen within 8 hrs = FFP Frozen within 24 hrs = 24FP Storage: 1 year at -18º C

37 Frozen Plasma Outdate once thawed (1-6º C) 24 hours for FFP or 24FP
hours if relabeled as Thawed Plasma



40 Frozen Plasma Indications:
Treatment of coagulopathy due to clotting factor deficiencies Patient is bleeding actively with PT and/or PTT greater than 1.5 normal (INR > 1.8) and platelet count above 50,000 Coumadin overdose with major bleeding or impending surgery Treatment of TTP Massive Transfusion Protocol (MTP)

41 Frozen Plasma Contraindications: Volume expansion
Treatment of nutritional deficiencies

42 Cryoprecipitate Description: each unit consists of ml residual plasma than contains 80 units of factor VIII: C and 250 mg of fibrinogen Storage: 1 year at -18º C


44 Cryoprecipitate Indications: Hypofibrinogenemia (≤ 100 mg/dl)
Dysfibrinogenemia Factor XIII deficiency - rare MTP

45 New/Future Products Growth Factors to stimulate cell production
Sterilized products to prevent infections* Synthetic products to replace current transfusions* *Approval delayed due to regulatory reluctance.

46 Questions ?

ORDERING A BLOOD TRANSFUSION: What does your patient need? Why? How much? When? Alternatives? Obtain Consent Write Order Obtain Specimen and send to Blood Bank

48 Case Presentation The patient is a 64 year old man 2 days after a total hip arthroplasty. He has a history of coronary artery disease and had a MI 5 years ago. He complains that during physical therapy he becomes short of breath and develops chest pain which resolves with rest and sublingual nitroglycerine. Today his Hgb/HCT= 7.5 gms/dL/23%. You decide to order 1 unit of packed red blood cells to be transfused. Why?

49 packed Red Blood Cells *1 unit RBC/Adult increases Hgb 1 gm/dL*
Indication – patient is anemia AND symptomatic Hgb < 8gm/dL Patient complaining of shortness of breath *1 unit RBC/Adult increases Hgb 1 gm/dL* Since the 1990’s it has become clear that “over-transfusion” can increase morbidity and mortality.

50 Transfusion Guidelines:
In the USA currently accepted guidelines for transfusion of red cells is generally: Hgb ≤7 g/dL many need transfusion Hgb 7-9 g/dL variable need for transfusion Hgb≥ 10 g/dL very few need transfusion Blood is a drug with a variable safety profile (discussed later)

51 Normal levels of Hgb in adults
Men: 13.8 to 18.0 g/dL Women: 12.1 to 15.1 g/dL If the concentration is below normal, this is called anemia. Hematocrit, the proportion of blood volume occupied by red blood cells, is typically about three times the hemoglobin concentration measured in g/dL.

52 Blood volume of an Adult vs a Neonate

53 Equations Hematocrit (HCT) = Ex: 40% =
An adult has ~ 2L of RBC ~ 3L of plasma RBC volume Total blood volume 2 liters 5 liters ? RBC volume 5 liters


55 Obtain Consent: Written informed consent Expected benefits
Possible risks Alternatives If transfusion is refused -document

56 Consent form

57 Obtain written informed consent:
What are the patient’s concerns? What are the Blood Bank’s concerns?

58 Complications of Transfusion

59 Complications of Transfusion continued

60 Write the order: Type and cross patient for 1 unit of red blood cells. Give when ready over 2-4 hours as tolerated

61 Identifiers on wrist band Identifiers on specimen label
Obtain Specimen: Identifiers on wrist band Identifiers on specimen label Identifiers on requisition All Identical

62 A Patient’s Specimen must have:
Patient identifiers Phlebotomist signature +/- witness signature Date and time collected* *A patient’s specimen can be used for 3 days

63 Questions: A unit of red blood cells should raise the Hgb concentration in a nonbleeding adult by approximately: 1) 0.5 grams/dL 2) 1.0 grams/dL 3) 2.0 grams/dL 4) 5.0 grams/dL

64 Questions: A unit of red blood cells should raise the Hgb concentration in a nonbleeding adult by approximately: 1) 0.5 grams/dL 2) 1.0 grams/dL 3) 2.0 grams/dL 4) 5.0 grams/dL

65 Questions: A patient’s specimen sent to Blood Bank may be used for testing for : 1) 12 hours 2) 24 hours 3) 2 days 4) 3 days

66 Questions: A patient’s specimen sent to Blood Bank may be used for testing for : 1) 12 hours 2) 24 hours 3) 2 days 4) 3 days

67 Questions: A patient with a Hgb concentration of 10 g/dL would have a HCT of approximately: 1) 20% 2) 20 g/dL 3) 30% 4) 31 g/dL

68 Questions: A patient with a Hgb concentration of 10 g/dL would have a HCT of approximately: 1) 20% 2) 20 g/dL 3) 30% 4) 31 g/dL

69 Questions ?

70 Basic Principles of Transfusion
ABO, Rh, Other Blood Groups Pretransfusion Testing

71 N-acetylgalactosamine B D-galactose
ABO Blood Groups 4 Types: A, B, AB and O the name of the blood group corresponds to the presence of the antigen associated with the sugar residue (ie, a person whose red blood cells carry the A antigen has blood group type A. Type O red blood cells lack these terminal sugars, and the corresponding antigen is called the “H” antigen. Antigen Specificity Immunodominant sugar H L-fucose A N-acetylgalactosamine B D-galactose

72 ABO Antigens and Antibodies
Blood Group Antigen on Red Blood Cell Antibodies in serum Group O H (neither A nor B) Anti-A, Anti-B Group A A Anti-B Group B B Anti-A Group AB A and B Neither anti-A nor anti-B

73 ABO compatibility is the primary concern when selecting a unit of blood for transfusion
Other antigens are present on red blood cells, and antibodies to these antigens are also important. However, these antibodies occur only after the individual has been exposed (or sensitized) to the antigen through transfusion or pregnancy. This is also called alloimmunization.



76 ABO Frequencies Group O 45% Group A 40% Group B 11% Group AB 4%

77 ABO Typing forward type involves testing the patient’s red blood cells with commercial anti-sera containing anti-A and anti-sera containing anti-B. Reactivity with the specific anti-sera indicates that antigen is present on the patient’s red blood cells reverse type combines the patient’s serum with reagent red blood cells that are either type A or type B. Reactivity indicates the patient has circulating antibody to the corresponding antigen on the reagent red blood cell. Reactivity occurs in the form of agglutination – which is the clumping together of the red blood cells resulting from the interaction of the antibody and its corresponding antigen. This clumping can be observed visually or detected photometrically in automated equipment. Strength of agglutination is graded from 0 (no agglutination) to 4+ (very strong).

78 ABO Typing sera and reagent red cells

79 Agglutination 4+Agglutination (strong positive)
0 agglutination (negative)

80 ABO Forward and Reverse Groupings
Forward group: Patient’s cells with reagents Reverse Group: Patient’s serum with reagents Blood Group Anti-A Anti-B Antigen(s) on RBCs A1 cells B cells Antibody(ies) in serum O No A or B + A and B A B AB

81 The Rh Blood Group System
RhD The RhD gene is either present or absent – it’s absence is denoted by the placeholder “d”. There is no “d” gene, and no “d” antigen. An individual who possesses no copies of the RhD gene (did not inherit RhD from either parent) is indicated by d, and said to be “Rh negative”. Eighty-five percent of Caucasians express the D antigen. Some RBC’s exhibit a weaker than normal form of the D antigen, giving weaker or negative reactivity with standard anti-D reagent. This antigen expression is known as weak D.

82 RhCE The RhCE gene codes for either RhCe, RhcE, Rhce, or RhCE proteins. Again, these genes are inherited as a haplotype from each parent. The following table shows the possiblehaplotypes and their frequencies utilizing Fisher-Race and Weiner terminology. Prevalence (%) Haplotype Fisher-Race Weiner White Black Asian DCe R1 42 17 70 dce r 37 26 3 DcE R2 14 11 21 Dce R0 4 44 dCe r’ 2 dcE r” 1 <0.01 DCE Rz dCE ry

83 Calculating prevalence
Since one haplotype is inherited from each parent, the phenotype frequencies may be obtained by multiplying the haplotype frequencies for the population. For example, the frequency of the dce/dce (rr) phenotype in the Caucasian population is .37 X .37 = .14 or 14%. So, if an alloimmunized individual required red blood cells of this type for transfusion, approximately 14% of randomly collected donor units would be appropriate. What frequency would you expect to find the dce/dce (rr) phenotype in the Black population?

84 Other Blood Group Systems
Lewis Antibodies to the antigens in the Lewis system are rarely clinically significant. The antigens are not synthesized on the red cells, but are absorbed from the plasma. The importance of the Lewis system is more its association with the Se gene and the determination of an individual’s secretor status. Kell After ABO and Rh, the K antigen is the most immunogenic blood group antigen causing both HDFN and delayed hemolytic transfusion reactions. About 10% of whites and 2% of blacks are positive for the K antigen. The antithetical antigen, k, (pronounced Cellano) is a high incidence antigen, meaning <1% of the population lacks this antigen.

85 Other Blood Group Systems
Kidd Two antigens, Jka and Jkb are responsible for the common phenotypes. The Kidd antigens are located on a membrane glycoprotein involved in urea transport in the red cell. They are often weakly reacting antibodies showing dosage. Dosage refers to stronger expression of the antigen when the individual inherits the gene homozygously, vs. heterozygously. It is important that antibodies to these antigens are ruled out on homozygous reagent cells, since a heterozygous cell may be nonreactive due to the low expression of the antigen. Kidd antibodies are notorious for weakening over time and even becoming undetectable. Despite this, they cause severe delayed hemolytic transfusion reactions. They are also implicated in HDN, but it is usually a milder form.

86 Other Blood Group Systems
MNS The most important antigens that affect transfusion are M, N, S, s and U. The M and N antigens are carried on glycophorin A, and S,s, and U are carried on glycophorin B. Anti-M and anti-N can occur as naturally occurring agglutinins (IgM) and as such usually react at room temperature or below. They do not cause HDFN. These antibodies can usually be ignored for transfusion, unless they are also reactive at 37 C due to the presence of an IgG component. In contrast, S and s are IgG reactive at 37 C, are clinically significant and cause HDFN. Anti-U is a rare antibody which is associated with HDFN and hemolytic transfusion reactions, usually seen in the African American population. It occurs in individuals who are S-s-U-, and individuals who have anti-U are incompatible with greater than 99% of the donor population.

87 Other Blood Group Systems
Duffy The Duffy system is made up of six antigens that reside on an acidic glycoprotein . The glycoprotein carrier molecule is also known as the Duffy antigen receptor for chemokines (DARC) and functions as a cytokine receptor. It is also a receptor for the malarial parasite Plasmodium vivax. The null phenotype Fy(a-b-) is rare in Caucasians but common in blacks. It is thought that this developed as a survival advantage in malarial regions of Africa, since such individuals are naturally resistant to infection by P. vivax. Anti-Fya is a relatively common antibody, while anti-Fyb is less common. Both are clinically significant and associated with hemolytic transfusion reactions and HDFN.

88 Antibody Screen The goal of antibody screening is to detect unexpected clinically significant red cell antibodies. In general, clinically significant antibodies are antibodies known to have caused hemolytic transfusion reactions, hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn (HDFN), or shortened survival of transfused red blood cells. The method used must be capable of detecting clinically significant antibodies, which requires that the antibody screen method include a 37 C incubation with reagent red cells followed by an indirect antiglobulin test (IAT).

89 The Indirect Antiglobulin Test (IAT):
The IAT is used to detect in-vitro sensitization and detects anti-red cell antibodies in patient’s serum or plasma. Procedural steps are as follows: Patient’s plasma or serum is incubated at 37 C with red cells (screen or panel cells of known antigenic composition, ie. reagent red cells, or donor cells as in the crossmatch). A potentiator (LISS, PEG) may or may not be added During incubation, if an antibody is present in the plasma or serum and the corresponding antigen is present on the red cells, the cells become sensitized by the antibody adsorbing to antigens on the red cell surface After incubation, the red cells are washed with saline to remove unbound antibody Antihuman globulin serum (anti-IgG or polyspecifc AHG, usually the former) is added and forms RBC agglutinates if the antibody has attached to the antigen sites during incubation

90 Indirect antiglobulin test

91 Crossmatch Methods: Immediate spin crossmatch:
The immediate spin (IS) crossmatch is performed only after an antibody screen is done and found to be negative on a current specimen. It is performed at room temperature without enhancement. The patient should have no history of clinically significant antibodies. The immediate spin crossmatch is meant to detect ABO incompatibility. It can also detect cold reactive (generally clinically insignificant) antibodies that react at room temperature. Antihuman Globulin (AHG) crossmatch The AHG is performed as described for the IAT above, and tests the patient’s serum or plasma against the donor RBCs intended for transfusion to the patient. It will detect ABO incompatibility as well as other clinically significant antibodies, such as antibodies in the Rh, Kell, Kidd, and Duffy systems.

92 Computer-Assisted (Electronic) Crossmatch
Principle: Using a validated computer system, patients with no history of clinically significant antibodies and a negative antibody screen on the current specimen are issued ABO specific or compatible donor units. Specific conditions must be met: Two independent determinations of the ABO group of the patient No history of clinically significant antibodies A negative antibody screen on a current specimen Donor units are ABO confirmed The computer system is validated on site, results are entered directly into the computer, and there is logic in the system to recognize incompatibility

93 In the last section: You ordered type and cross for 1 unit of red blood cells for your patient. Now, you are the blood bank technician: You receive an appropriately labeled and collected specimen with an order to type and cross for one unit of red blood cells. First, you perform the ABO and Rh Typing:

94 Forward type: tube on left contains anti-B, tube on right contains anti-A.

95 Reverse type: Tube on left contains A1 Cells, Tube on right contains B cells
Forward Reverse Anti-A Anti-B Type? A Cell B Cell

96 Patient RBC with anti-D
Rh Typing Anti-D

97 What is the patient’s ABO/RH?

98 Antibody screen A 3 cell antibody screen is performed and two of the three cells are positive. What does this mean?

99 You test the patient’s serum against a panel of reagent red blood cells with the following results:


101 Antibody is present to what antigen?
What does this imply for transfusion?

102 A unit of RBCs that is Type A, Rh positive and confirmed negative for the Jkb antigen is selected for the patient. The AHG crossmatch is performed and the unit is compatible. Is this unit appropriate for the patient?

103 Questions ?

104 Transfusion Reactions
Nicole Hubbard M.D. Microbiology fellow

105 Outline Definition Types of transfusion reactions
Acute febrile transfusion reactions Acute non-febrile transfusion reactions Delayed febrile transfusion reactions Delayed non-febrile transfusion reactions Risk of Transfusion reactions Approach and follow-up to suspected transfusion reactions

106 Definition Unfavorable events that occur during or after transfusion
Can happen with any blood component PRBC, Plasma, Platelets, Cryoprecipitate Rho (D) immune globulin, IVIG, Factor concentrate Stem cells, Human albumin, Granulocytes

107 Categorization of transfusion reactions
Febrile Afebrile Acute Hemolytic (HTR) TRALI Bacterial contamination Non-hemolytic (FNHTR) TACO Urticarial/allergic Premedicated febrile Delayed Hemolytic (DHTR) TA-GvHD PTP Iron overload

108 Acute hemolytic transfusion reactions (AHTR)
Most severe reaction (may be fatal!) All reactions are hemolytic until proven otherwise ABO incompatibility most commonly from clerical error IgM antibodies bind to the RBCs → complement activation → formation of MAC → RBC lysis Coagulation cascade activation from Ag-Ab complexes → Intravascular thrombi → schistocytes Coagulation cascade and complement → cytokine production → additional symptoms Treatment is supportive

109 Signs and Symptoms Fever/Chills 1°C or 2° F (most common)
Tachycardia Hypotension Bleeding Dyspnea Impending doom Nausea/Vomiting Pain: flank, back, chest, head, infusion site Dark urine (hemoglobinuria) Death

110 Laboratory Findings Hemoglobinemia (pink or red serum/plasma)
Hemoglobinuria (NOT hematuria) Usually positive direct antiglobulin test (DAT) but can be negative (all Ab coated cells already lysed) Elevated indirect bilirubin and LDH Decreased haptoglobin Hyperkalemia Peripheral smear: Schistocytes


112 Transfusion Related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI)
#1 cause of fatal transfusion reactions in the US Usually donor anti-HLA or anti-neutrophil antibodies attach to neutrophils in lung → neutrophil activation → vascular damage → edema and impaired gas exchange Begins during or within 6 hours of transfusion No pre-existing acute lung injury Prevented by use of male plasma Why???

113 Symptoms and Other Findings
Dyspnea Fever Tachycardia Hypotension Frothy endotracheal aspirate Death CXR shows white-out/edema

114 Suspected TRALI Donor testing for anti-HLA and anti-neutrophil antibodies Permanent deferral for donor if positive

115 Bacterial Contamination
Contaminated blood product → sepsis Most common in platelet products Why??? Symptoms: Rapid high fever, hypotension, tachycardia, and shock May also have violent rigors, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea Shock and death

116 Febrile non-hemolytic transfusion reactions (FNHTR)
Most frequently reported Temperature increase of >1°C or >2°F with no other explanation Cytokines from WBC in product during storage or antibody activation of WBC Usually mild symptoms Fever Chills (may be only symptom if pt is premedicated) Treatment: Antipyretics (acetaminophen) Leukoreduced products (pre-storage)

117 Categorization of transfusion reactions
Febrile Afebrile Acute Hemolytic (HTR) TRALI Bacterial contamination Non-hemolytic (FNHTR) TACO Urticarial/allergic Premedicated febrile Delayed Hemolytic (DHTR) TA-GvHD PTP Iron overload

118 Transfusion associated circulatory overload (TACO)
Fluid overload precipitated by blood product Risk factors: Renal impairment and heart failure Signs and symptoms: Dyspnea, tachycardia, hypertension, jugular venous distension Treatment: Support respiratory function and diuretics

119 TRALI v. TACO TRALI TACO Dyspnea Tachypnea Tachycardia Hypotension
Fever Dyspnea Tacypnea Tachycardia Acute Hypertension Jugular venous distension Rales BNP levels

120 Allergic Reaction Second most common type of transfusion reaction
Only reaction that allows the restart of procedure if symptoms resolve Caused by type I hypersensitivity to donor plasma proteins Symptoms: Pruritis, urticaria, erythema Treatment/Prevention Benadryl Could give plasma deficient products (washing)

121 Anaphylactic Reaction
Most severe allergic reaction Symptoms: Rapid onset of laryngeal edema leading to dyspnea, tachypnea, hypotension, tachycardia, afebrile Often associated with recipients that lack IgA AND have anti-IgA Can give washed or IgA deficient products

122 Categorization of transfusion reactions
Febrile Afebrile Acute Hemolytic (HTR) TRALI Bacterial contamination Non-hemolytic (FNHTR) TACO Urticarial/allergic Premedicated febrile Delayed Hemolytic (DHTR) TA-GvHD PTP Iron overload

123 Delayed Hemolytic Transfusion Reactions (DHTR)
Anamnestic response = resurgence of antibody faster and more severe after second exposure IgG antibodies bind to the RBCs(sensitized cells) → processed by reticuloendothelial system→ RBCs removed by spleen Incompletely removed cells result in spherocytes Main causes Kidd (Jk) and Duffy (Fy) systems

124 Signs and Symptoms Fever/chills (mild) Mild jaundice Anemia/pallor
Splenomegaly Rarely death

125 Laboratory Findings DAT positive Hyperbilirubinemia
Usually no free hemoglobin (versus AHTR) “New” antibody Spherocytes on peripheral smear

126 Transfusion-Associated Graft versus Host Disease
Highly (> 90%) fatal Donor WBC recognize pt’s HLA antigens → WBC activation → destruction of host tissues Signs and symptoms: Fever, diarrhea, skin rash, bone marrow suppression Treatment/Prevention Supportive care Irradiation of blood products Why???

127 Categorization of transfusion reactions
Febrile Afebrile Acute Hemolytic (HTR) TRALI Bacterial contamination Non-hemolytic (FNHTR) TACO Urticarial/allergic Premedicated febrile Delayed Hemolytic (DHTR) TA-GvHD PTP Iron overload

128 Post-transfusion Purpura
Patient abs against donor platelet antigens (usually PL-A1) PL-A1 negative patients (RARE) Signs/symptoms: Profound thrombocytopenia, purpura, bleeding Patient’s own platelets undergo destruction as well (unknown mechanism) Treatment: supportive/plasmapheresis

129 Iron Overload Transfusion dependent anemia (i.e. sickle cell and thalassemia patients) Iron accumulates with multiple transfusions Results in end-organ damage Treatment/prevention Chelation therapy Exchange transfusions

130 Risks of Blood Product Transfusion
Hives: 1 in 30 to 100 Febrile reactions: unknown quantity, but common Transfusion Associated Circulatory Overload (TACO): 1 in 3,000 to 12,000 Transfusion-Related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI): 1 in 5,000 Acute Hemolytic Reactions: 1 in 15,600 to 35,700 Bacterial Infection: 1 in 20,000 Hepatitis B: 1 in 200,000 HTLV-1: 1 in 641,000 Hepatitis C: 1 in 1.2 million HIV: 1 in 1.4 million Other infectious diseases such as West Nile virus: less than 1 in million Other infections such as Babesiosis or Chagas: very rare Anaphylaxis: 1 in 20,000 Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety, Transfusion consent form.

131 What To Do For Suspected Transfusion Reaction?
Stop Transfusion Keep line open with saline Report to physician Order transfusion work up Clerical check at bedside Unit and tubing need to be returned to blood bank Patient blood sample sent to lab

132 Laboratory Work-Up Examine blood for hemolysis Perform DAT
Repeat type and cross If greater then >2°C, send retention segment and bag for culture Also, blood cultures on patient If suspect HTR Collect first voided urine Check bilirubin 6 hours post transfusion Check haptoglobin Check CBC

133 References References available upon request. Thank you:
Judi Seidel, MT (ASCP) SBB Dr. Steven Gregurek M.D.

134 Questions ?

135 MS2 Pathology Lab Blood Bank Lab 10/21 & 10/22 Ted Kieffer PGY3
Case Presentation MS2 Pathology Lab Blood Bank Lab 10/21 & 10/22 Ted Kieffer PGY3

136 Case Presentation A 25 year old pregnant Chinese female is brought to the emergency department following a motor vehicle accident. She does not speak English but appears to be in significant pain and grasping her lower abdomen. What do you do?

137 Case Presentation History and review of systems cannot be obtained due to language barrier and no translator readily available. Vitals HR 110 beats per minute Resp 20 breaths per minute BP 135/90 Sats 97% on room air

138 What else might you want to know?
Case Presentation Physical exam Relatively unremarkable aside from Abdominal exam which reveals a band-like contusion across the lower abdomen and a firm, tender uterus with a fundal height of 26 cm Vaginal exam remarkable for blood What else might you want to know? (i.e. who else might you want to evaluate?)

139 Fetal heart rate by doppler – 160 bpm Reasurring?
Case Presentation Fetal heart rate by doppler – 160 bpm Reasurring? Current Differential Diagnosis? Placental abruption Preterm Labor Placenta previa Uterine rupture Subchorionic hematoma

140 Case Presentation Current Differential Diagnosis: Placental abruption – acute onset, tender & firm abdomen/uterus, maternal hypotension Preterm Labor – gradual onset, progressive, Mucus plug may be mistaken for vaginal bleeding Placenta previa – characteristically painless vaginal bleeding at >20 weeks gestation Uterine rupture – sudden onset FHR abnormalities, vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain, and maternal hypotension Subchorionic hematoma – light vaginal bleeding, generally no abdominal pain, <20 weeks gestation

141 Case Presentation Lab tests? Imaging? Anything else? Orders? CBC
BMP + Ca, Mg, Phos Type and cross Coag studies Including: Fibrinogen, fibrinogen degradation products (FDP), D-dimer *other tests Alpha fetal protein (AFP), human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) **Kleihauer-Betke test** Imaging? Ultrasound Anything else? Orders? Fetal heart rate monitor Pain medication for mom

142 Case Presentation Diagnosis!!! Placental Abruption
Abdominal US/FAST scan Diagnosis!!! Placental Abruption Radiologist eventually reads sonogram and interprets findings as small abruption

143 Treat Patient – Tocolysis
Case Presentation What do you do now? Vitals still stable Lab results CBC – 8.9>------<347 31 BMP – 142/105/10 Ca – 4.9 mg/dL (wnl) <95 Mg – 2.0 mg/dL (wnl) 4.0/24/1.1 Phos – 3.5 mg/dL (wnl) Anything else? Treat Patient – Tocolysis Magnesium Sulfate

144 What do you do now? Case Presentation Lab results Coag tests
PT – 9 seconds (normal sec) aPTT – 21seconds (normal sec) Fibrinogen – 350 mg/dL (wnl) FDP – 5 mcg/mL (wnl) D-dimer - <5μg/mL FEU (wnl) AFP & hCG wnl Kleinhauer–Betke test – 0.2% Hypercoag? Why did you order these?

145 What do you do now? Case Presentation More lab results DAT
B-cells A-cells Anti-D Anti-A Anti-B What do you do now? More lab results Type and cross ABO type A Rh negative Screen positive DAT positive with mixed field DAT Antibody screen 4+

146 Case Presentation Antibody Panel 4+ 4+ 4+ M
4+ 4+ 4+ M Anti-D with a mixed field on patient sample

147 Any other questions you would like to ask? Prior birth history?
Case Presentation At that moment the translator arrives and informs you the patient is feeling much better, abdominal pain has decreased, and that her contractions appear to have ceased. Any other questions you would like to ask? Prior birth history?

148 Case Presentation The translator informs you that the patient has had two children prior to this pregnancy, all with the same father. The first was born without complications but the second was jaundiced for several weeks. All prenatal and postnatal care was received in rural China.

149 Lets bring it all together
Case Presentation So what is happening? What must you be concerned about? What are your next steps? Lets bring it all together Diagnosis of placental abruption Blood tests indicate two different RBC in mom’s blood Mother is Rh negative Anti-D antibody identified on RBC panel History of complicated pregnancy FMH HDFN

150 Case Presentation Causes of Fetal Maternal Hemorrhage (FMH)
Indications for administering RhIG if mother is Rh- and fetus Rh+/unk Delivery Induced abortion Spontaneous abortion Ectopic pregnancy Partial molar pregnancy Chorionic villus sampling Cordocentesis Percutaneous fetal procedures (eg, fetoscopy) Amniocentesis External cephalic version Abruptio placenta Antenatal hemorrhage Maternal abdominal trauma Spontaneous Manual removal of the placenta At 28 weeks of gestation Spontaneous abortion, threatened abortion, induced abortion Ectopic pregnancy Invasive procedures: genetic amniocentesis; chorionic villus sampling; multi-fetal reduction; fetal blood sampling Hydatidiform mole Fetal death in the second or third trimester Blunt trauma to the abdomen Antepartum hemorrhage in the second or third trimester (eg, placenta previa or abruption) External cephalic version

151 Management of FMH – RhIG
Case Presentation Management of FMH – RhIG Kleihauer-Betke test standard method of quantitating fetal-maternal hemorrhage for calculating RhIG dose Maternal blood smear exposed to acid pH which dissolves adult hemoglobin and leaves fetal hemoglobin intact – special stain applied (Shepard’s) which stains hemoglobin and percentage of fetal cells is calculated out of 2000

152 Management of FMH – RhIG
Case Presentation Management of FMH – RhIG Using Kleihauer-Betke test Calculate maternal blood volume: prepregnant wt kg x 70ml/kg x [1.0 + (0.5 x wks gestation/36)] - est blood loss Or estimate 5L Calculate fetal blood volume in maternal circulation: (% from KBT) x maternal blood volume Calculate dose of RhIG 1 vial (300μg RhIG)/30mL fetal blood fudge factor – round up one vial for values of n.0 to n.4; round up two vials for values of n.5 to n.9

153 Management of FMH – RhIG
Case Presentation Management of FMH – RhIG Using Kleihauer-Betke test in our patient Calculate maternal blood volume: No info given – using 5L or 5000mL Calculate fetal blood volume in maternal circulation: (0.2%) x 5000mL = x 5000mL = 10mL Calculate dose of RhIG 1 vial/30mL fetal blood x 10mL = 0.33 vials = 1 vial (rounded up) You administer 1 vial of RhIG to the patient Why did you go through all of that effort?

154 Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus/Newborn (HDFN)
Defined as the destruction of fetal and neonatal red blood cells by maternal antibodies (termed alloantibodies) – Historically IgG Rh/anti-D antibodies

155 Pathophysiology of HDN
Maternal IgG antibodies cross the placenta and attach to fetal red blood cells Red blood cells hemolyzed or removed via reticulo-endothelial system Resultant anemia causes accelerated production of RBCs by bone marrow, termed erythroblastosis fetalis In severe disease, bone morrow inevitably fall short of necessary RBC production Body responds with extramedullary hematopoesis in the spleen and liver Hepato-splenomegaly causes portal hypertension and hepatocellular damage Anemia coupled with hypoproteinemia leads to massive, diffuse edema and high cardiac output heart failure

156 Erythroblastosis and Hydrops Fetalis

157 Sequelae of HDN Hyperbilirubinemia
RBC destruction does not cease with delivery IgG due to its small size as a monomer distributes throughout tissues (intravascular and extravascular) IgG has a half life of 25 days Prior to delivery bilirubin is transported across placenta, conjugated by maternal liver Bilirubin conjugation system in a neonate is immature Without therapy unconjugated/indirect bilirubin can reach toxic levels (18-20 mg/dL) and diffuse into the brain causing kernicterus and acute bilirubin encephalopathy

158 Kernicterus and Acute Bilirubin Encephalopathy

159 Development of alloantibodies
Mother must be antigen negative Antigen positive individuals will not form antibodies Mother must be exposed to antigen Feto-maternal hemorrhage Transfusion with ABO compatible, minor group incompatible blood Injection with needles contaminated with minor group antigen positive blood Minor blood group mismatch allogeneic stem cell transplant Antigen exposure induces antibody formation Exact volume unknown (varies between individuals) but as little as 0.1 mL of Rh+ RBC have been shown to stimulate antibody production Larger volume of exposure tends to produce a more robust response Following antibody production mother must become pregnant with an antigen positive fetus The initial response will be IgM which will not cross the placenta In most cases, the first minor group incompatibility between mother and fetus will not be affected, with exceptions Subsequent exposure will induce memory cells to produce IgG antibodies which will in turn cross the placenta and cause hemolysis or clearance

160 Development of fetal alloantibodies
Mendelian genetics Genes code for an enzyme (ABO system), surface protein (Rh system), or nothing (silent/amorph) Blood group genes major (ABO)and minor (all others) are inherited in a Co-dominant pattern Each parent contributes half of the inheritance Individual traits are inherited independent of each other

161 Development of fetal alloantibodies
Rh+ Rh - Rh D d d d D d D d d d d d Rh + Rh + Rh - Rh -

162 Development of fetal alloantibodies
Rh + Rh - Rh Unlike A and B antibodies, many minor antibodies are not naturally occurring D d d d First Rh + child sensitizes Mother Mother develops Anti-D antibodies Second child conceived IgG Alloantibodies cross placenta Second Child D d First Child D d d d d d Rh + Rh + Rh - Rh -

163 Why only IgG antibodies?
Only IgG type antibodies can cross the placenta Actively transported via a receptor specific to IgG Fc region Starts in the second trimester and continues until birth

164 Antigens associated with HDFN
Major incompatibility ABO antigens – usually mild HDFN, A and B antigens less well developed in neonate (actually protects from minor incompatibility) Minor incompatibility Frequently associated with severe HDFN Rh (D, c) and Kell (K) Infrequently associated with severe HDFN See next slide

165 Antigens infrequently associated with severe HDFN
Infrequently associated with severe disease Colton Coa MNS Mta Rhesus HOFM Co3 MUT LOCR Diego ELO Mur Riv Dia Mv Rh29 Dib s Rh32 Wra sD Rh42 Wrb S Rh46 Duffy Fya U STEM Kell Jsa Vw Tar Jsb Bea Other antigens HJK k (K2) C JFV Kpa Ce JONES Kpb Cw Kg K11 Cx MAM K22 ce REIT Ku Dw Rd Ula E Kidd Jka Ew Ena Evans Far e Hil G Hut Goa M Hr Mia Hr0 Mit JAL Antigens infrequently associated with severe HDFN

166 Rh Alloimmunization: diagnosis
Rh(D) typing and screen Performed at first prenatal visit If Rh(D)-, screen negative, and prenatal course uncomplicated Repeat at 28 weeks Repeat at delivery If Rh(D)-, screen positive  diagnostic tests Indirect antiglobulin test on maternal serum with titer Direct antiglobulin test on fetal red blood cells with titer Positive agglutination in saline or albumin indicate Anti-D IgM production

167 Prevention of Rh Alloimmunization
Anti-D immune globulin/RhIG IgG anti-D manufactured from human plasma (primarily male who undergo repeat injections of Rh+ blood) Preparation methods HyperRho S/D®, RhoGAM® Cohn cold ethanol fractionation followed by viral-clearance ultrafiltration – intramuscular only as IgA and other plasma proteins have the potential to produce anaphlyaxis Rhophylac®, WinRho SDF® Ion-exchange chromatography isolation – intramuscular or IV

168 Prevention of Rh Alloimmunization
Anti-D immune globulin Mechanism of action: epitope masking?, rapid clearance? Guidelines Weak D positive managed as Rh- Mother Rh-, fetus confirmed or suspected Rh+ 300 micrograms early in third trimester 300 micrograms if there is increased risk of feto-maternal hemorrhage Repeat doses if risk is ongoing, guided by titers 300 micrograms within 72 hrs after delivery of a Rh+ infant If inadvertently not administered, give ASAP – partial protection has been seen up to 13 days after birth

169 Diagnosis and Treatment of Intrauterine fetal anemia
Diagnostic techniques: Ultrasound Doppler assessment of MCA peak velocity Percutaneous umbilical cord sampling Allele-specific PCR on fetal cells in amniotic fluid Itrauterine fetal transfusion Transfuse when fetal hematocrit falls below 2 standard deviations of mean hematocrit for gestational age Can be performed between 18 and 35 weeks Intraperitoneal transfusions not as effective as intravascular transfusions in hydropic fetus due to congested lymphatics ABO type O, Rh- packed RBC utilized Fetal loss 1-2% with overall survival of 85% after transfusion

170 Case Presentation Finalizing the case What do you order?
Maternal Anti-D titer 1:64 US of fetus and MCA peak velocity Slightly hydroptic fetus MCA peak velocity elevated Fetal CBC Moderate anemia Intrauterine fetal transfusion performed by IR Mom transferred to high risk OB service where last you heard she was doing very well and expecting to be discharged

171 Questions ?

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