Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care 19(2) 2009, pp 158–164 Use of human immunoglobulin in addition toglucocorticoids for the initial treatment of dogswith immune-mediated hemolytic anemia Megan F. Whelan, DVM, DACVECC; Therese E. O’Toole, DVM, DACVIM; Daniel L. Chan, DVM,DACVECC, DACVN, MRCVS; Elizabeth A. Rozanski, DVM, DACVECC, DACVIM; Armelle M.
deLaforcade, DVM, DACVECC; Sybil L. Crawford, PhD, and Susan M. Cotter, DVM, DACVIM Objective –To determine the utility of human intravenous immunoglobulin (hIVIG) for the initial treatment ofcanine immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA).
Design –Blinded, randomized, clinical trial.
Setting –Veterinary teaching hospital.
Animals –Twenty-eight, client-owned dogs with primary IMHA.
Interventions –At enrollment, after diagnosis of IMHA, dogs were randomly assigned to receive eitherhIVIG or placebo, in a blinded fashion. For the next 14 days, all dogs received glucocorticoids as the soleimmunosuppressant agent. All dogs received low-molecular-weight heparin as an anticoagulant. D-dimerconcentrations were evaluated at the beginning and end of the study protocol to monitor for thromboemboliccomplications.
Measurements and Main Results –Twenty-five of 28 dogs (89%) were discharged from the hospital. Thirteenof those received hIVIG and 12 received placebo. Twenty-four dogs (86%) were alive 14 days after enrollment,and of these 13 received hIVIG and 11 received placebo. D-dimer concentrations were elevated in 86% of alldogs at the time of diagnosis.
Conclusions –For initial treatment of dogs with IMHA, the addition of hIVIG to corticosteroid treatment didnot improve initial response, nor did it shorten hospitalization.
(J Vet Emerg Crit Care 2009; 19(2): 158–164) doi: 10.1111/j.1476-4431.2009.00403.x Keywords: autoimmune hemolytic anemia, D-dimer, icterus, thromboembolism The condition is considered to be primary after otherdetectable causes of hemolytic anemia have been ruled Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) occurs out. Many different treatment regimens have been uti- commonly in dogs and has variable degrees of severity.
lized.1–7 Despite the growing availability of tertiary carefacilities and intensive care management, morbidity From the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and mortality associated with IMHA remain high. Pre- North Grafton, MA 01536 (Whelan, O’Toole, Chan, Rozanski, deLaforcade, viously reported mortality rates ranging from 29%8 to Cotter); and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, 70%7 have not changed over the last 2 decades.9 Glucocorticoids are the most commonly used treat- The study was conducted at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicineat Tufts University. The study was supported by a grant from The Barry ment to induce immunosuppression. The fact that some and Savannah French-Poodle Memorial Fund.
dogs fail to respond and others respond initially only to The authors report no financial conflicts of interest.
relapse later has led to the addition of other drugs.
Those commonly advocated drugs either alone or in Dr. Chan’s current address: The Royal Veterinary College, HawksheadLane, North Mymms, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 7TA, UK.
Address correspondence and reprint requests to cyclophosphamide,2,3,5,6,11 cyclosporine,11,a and human Dr. Susan M. Cotter, Department of Clinical Sciences, Cummings School of intravenous immunoglobulin (hIVIG).1,5,10–12 All drugs Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, 200 Westboro Road, North Grafton, other than glucocorticoids have been used anecdotally without adequate study. No additional treatment has & Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society 2009 proven to be superior to glucocorticoids alone for initial cost and inconsistent availability of hIVIG to veterinary clinicians makes the use of hIVIG difficult to justify hIVIG has been used in humans for over 25 years13 without further evidence of efficacy and safety. Human for treatment of a variety of diseases, primarily im- IVIG costs approximately US$125/g. The average cost mune-mediated thrombocytopenia and other immune- for a 20-kg dog could approach US$3,000.
mediated diseases. Occasional reports exist of its use In humans, hIVIG has been associated with adverse as a second line drug in IMHA.14,15 hIVIG is composed effects, including thrombotic events.24 Because many of highly purified immunoglobulin G (IgG), obtained dogs with severe IMHA have developed thromboem- from large pools of donated human plasma.13 The bolic complications, any additional risk imposed by mechanism of action of hIVIG is complex, including hIVIG must be evaluated and considered when treat- modulation of expression and function of Fc receptors, ment decisions are made.4,25 The purpose of this study interference with activation of B and T cells and com- was to determine whether the addition of hIVIG to plement, and a decrease in immunoglobulin produc- glucocorticoid therapy would improve initial response tion.13 Similar effects of hIVIG on canine white blood and survival in dogs with IMHA, and whether adverse cells have been described.16 Although not approved for effects, especially thromboembolism, would be associ- use in dogs, hIVIG has been reported as a treatment for canine IMHA,1,5,17,18 and canine immune-mediatedthrombocytopenia,19 and for severe dermatological conditions such as pemphigus and drug allergies.20–23hIVIG has been evaluated in both prospective1 and ret- Twenty-eight client-owned dogs with primary IMHA rospective5,11,12,18 clinical trials in dogs. Scott-Moncrieff were enrolled between April 2005 and December 2006.
et al12 described the administration of hIVIG to 5 dogs This study was conducted with approval by the Cum- and concluded that its efficacy was not known at that mings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts Univer- time. Kellerman et al5 gave hIVIG in conjunction with sity Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and various other conventional immunosuppressive drugs written informed consent was obtained from all own- to 13 dogs and concluded that it may be of value to ers. All potential study dogs were evaluated by per- those dogs who do not respond to corticosteroids forming a complete history, physical examination, within 7 days. Grundy et al11 retrospectively reported complete blood count, reticulocyte count, serum bio- on 88 dogs with primary IMHA that received various chemical, and coagulation profiles. A direct Coombs treatments including hIVIG. In this study, mortality test was conducted if autoagglutination cleared with was not significantly associated with hIVIG adminis- the addition of saline, or was absent. All dogs had sur- tration, and the authors concluded that hIVIG therapy vey thoracic radiographs (3 views) and an ultrasono- may be beneficial. Gerber et al18 gave hIVIG in addition graphic examination of the abdomen to exclude other to other immunosuppressive agents, to 9 dogs, and de- possible causes of hemolytic anemia and to evaluate for scribed a potential positive effect despite the fact that evidence of preexisting thromboembolism in the lungs the dogs who received hIVIG were more severely or in splenic or other abdominal vessels. Eligibility for affected. The only prospective study, conducted by inclusion included dogs with anemia (HCTo28%) and Scott-Moncrieff et al,1 evaluated the use of hIVIG in the presence of autoagglutination, spherocytosis, or a 10 dogs with IMHA that failed to respond to conven- positive direct Coombs test. Dogs were included if no tional immunosuppression. The authors concluded that underlying cause for IMHA was identified. Dogs were hIVIG may be useful for short-term stabilization of excluded if any glucocorticoid medication had been administered for 448 hours before admission, or if any Generally hIVIG was used in dogs that did not re- other immunosuppressive drugs had been adminis- spond to corticosteroids or other immunosuppressive tered since diagnosis. Of 29 dogs considered eligible, drugs, either by replacing these drugs, or by using it concurrently. Although it was hypothesized that hIVIG Dogs with primary IMHA meeting the inclusion cri- may be helpful, it was often difficult to determine ex- teria were randomly assigned to either (1) glucocor- actly what drug or combination caused the response.
ticoids alone (placebo group) or (2) glucocorticoids and A randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled evaluation hIVIG (hIVIG group). Assignment was made by ran- has not yet been reported. Because the blockade of Fc dom selection of a sealed envelope from a mixed stack receptors by hIVIG is an immediate effect, and because of 28 envelopes directing either hIVIG (14) or placebo mortality can be high in the first few days of treatment, (14) administration. The treatment assignment was our hypothesis was that hIVIG would be helpful for known only by the designated individual responsible initial stabilization of patients. Concurrently, the high for the reconstitution of the treatment solution; this & Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society 2009, doi: 10.1111/j.1476-4431.2009.00403.x individual was not involved in clinical management ples were batched, and submitted at the end of the of the patient. If glucocorticoid treatment had been study for analysisk via a latex agglutination assay.
started before enrollment in the trial, an immunosup- The PCV and total plasma protein were monitored pressive dose of prednisoneb (3 mg/kg, PO, q 24 h) was twice daily during hospitalization, or more frequently if continued. All other dogs received a single dose of clinically indicated. Prednisone was continued in both dexamethasone sodium phosphatec (0.3 mg/kg, IV) fol- groups as the sole immunosuppressive agent for at lowed by prednisone (3 mg/kg, PO, q 24 h). If vomiting least 14 days. After that time other immunosuppressive precluded oral therapy, prednisolone acetated was agents could be added or substituted if deemed neces- substituted at the same dose, subcutaneously. All dogs received prophylactic anticoagulation with low–molecular-weight heparin (dalteparin,e 150 IU/kg, SQ, q 12 h), beginning at the same time as other medica- Abnormalities previously reported to have prognostic tions. Other supportive management including blood significance in canine IMHA were specifically com- transfusions, IV fluids, gastroprotectants, or antimicro- pared between groups at the time of entry into the bials was administered to some dogs, at the discretion study and included parameters such as HCT, ret- of the managing clinician. The decision as to when to iculocyte count, Coombs test results (polyspecific anti- transfuse was made on the basis of clinical signs of bodies to canine IgG, IgM, and complement) at 371C, anemia, weakness, tachycardia, tachypnea, and bound- white blood cell count, presence of band neutrophils ing pulses, not on a laboratory-based transfusion trigger.
(40.1 Â 109/L), nucleated red blood cells, autoag- hIVIGf was reconstituted with the prescribed volume glutination, or spherocytes. Additional comparisons of sterile water according to the manufacturer’s in- included presence of thrombocytopenia or other abnor- structions. The amount reconstituted was calculated to malities on the coagulation profile as well as, elevation provide a dosage of 0.5 g/kg daily for 3 consecutive of serum bilirubin concentration, alkaline phosphatase days. All infused hIVIG was refrigerated and admin- activity, or hypoalbuminemia on the chemistry profile.
istered within 24 hours of reconstitution to minimize D-dimer concentrations were measured pre- and post- risk of bacterial contamination. The placebo treatment study drug infusion, to monitor for any increased consisted of 0.9% NaClg at the same calculated volume as projected for hIVIG. All personnel involved in case Remission was defined as stabilization of PCV for management and nursing care, as well as the owners 48 hours, and subsequent increase with no further were blinded as to the study drug group assignment.
transfusion requirement. Information recorded in- To maintain concealment, the study drug or placebo cluded number of days from the start of glucocorticoid was transferred to a sterile infusion bagh covered with medication to remission, number of days from last a second, opaque plastic bag with the inscribed de- blood transfusion to remission, and number of days to scription IMHA study drug. The study drug, supplied PCV normalization (reference interval, 39–55%). Also without cost to the owner, was then administered in- recorded were packed red blood cell transfusion vol- travenously over 6 hours via a dedicated IV line with ume (mL/kg), length of hospital stay, survival to dis- charge from the hospital, survival to 14 days after start During the administration of the study drug or pla- of treatment, and beyond 40 days after discharge.
cebo, systolic blood pressure measured using an ultra- Adverse events were noted, as well as total cost of sonic Doppler flow detector,i heart and respiratory rates, temperature, and appearance of the catheter siteand limb were evaluated hourly. All other IV fluids were discontinued during the infusion, and any ad- All analyses were conducted using a statistical software justment in infusion rate was determined by changes in program.l The population parameters for the 28 dogs physical findings or blood pressure. Blood samples for enrolled in the study were summarized using frequen- D-dimer analysis were obtained pre- and poststudy cies and medians for categorical data and means and drug administration. Blood, drawn from the jugular standard deviations for continuous variables. The 2 vein using a plastic syringe and needle, was immedi- treatment arms were compared using w2 testing for cat- ately placed in an evacuated blood tube containing egorical variables and Wilcoxon’s signed rank testing 3.8% sodium citrate,j and spun for 10 minutes in a table- for continuous variables. The mean within-dog change top centrifuge at 1,315 Â g. Before freezing, 6 samples in D-dimer concentrations (pre versus post) were also were analyzed at our own laboratory using a latex compared between the 2 treatment arms using a agglutination assay.k All samples then had the plasma method applied by Evans et al26 to handle floor and separated and stored in a plastic tube at À 801C. Sam- ceiling effects. Briefly, within-dog changes were ranked & Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society 2009, doi: 10.1111/j.1476-4431.2009.00403.x Table 1: Comparison at admission between 14 dogs receiving human intravenous immunoglobulin (hIVIG) and 14 receiving placebo All values listed as median (range) or patient number.
nWilcoxon’s signed ranks test or Fisher’s exact test.
wOmitting 1 value of ‘clumped’.
M, male; F, female; HCT, hematocrit; NRBC, nucleated red blood cell; PT, prothrombin time; APTT, activated partial thromboplastin time; FDPs, fibrindegradation products.
separately for each pre D-dimer value, the ranks Of the 14 dogs in the hIVIG group, 13 were dis- were transformed using normal scores, and the trans- charged from the hospital and were still alive at day 14 formed ranks were compared by treatment arm using (Figure 1). Five additional dogs in this group were eu- Wilcoxon’s signed rank testing. Also, exact P-values, for thanized within 40 days after discharge, and 8 re- within-dog change in D-dimer value, were computed mained alive and in remission beyond 5 months. The for each treatment arm separately using a test of mar- median number of days for PCV stabilization was 4.
ginal homogeneity, an extension of McNemar’s test for Twelve dogs in the placebo group were discharged.
more than 2 categories.27 Finally, correlates of duration One additional dog from this group was euthanized by of survival were identified using Kaplan-Meier estima- day 14, and 11 remained alive and in remission beyond tion and Cox proportional hazards modeling.28 Twenty-eight dogs with primary IMHA were enrolledas shown in Table 1. Fourteen were assigned to receivehIVIG and 14 to receive placebo. The study popula-tion consisted of 10 males (9 neutered), 18 females(7 spayed). Twenty-six dogs were purebred and in-cluded American Cocker Spaniel (n 5 4 total, 2 in eachstudy group), English Cocker Spaniel (n 5 2), StandardPoodle (n 5 2), Maltese (n 5 2), Border Collie (n 5 2),and 1 each of 14 other breeds. No significant differenceswere found between groups in age, sex, or prognosticvariables. On admission, the mean HCT of all dogs was15% 9–27%). All dogs had anemia and agglutination orspherocytosis.
Figure 1: Comparison of survival between the 2 study groups.
& Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society 2009, doi: 10.1111/j.1476-4431.2009.00403.x 5 months. The median number of days for PCV stabi-lization was 5. None of the differences in survival, timeto PCV stabilization, or length of hospitalization be-tween the 2 groups were statistically significant.
Three dogs were euthanized during hospitalization, 1 in the hIVIG group, and 2 in the placebo group. Thedog in the hIVIG group was euthanized on day 5 be-cause of ongoing hemolysis despite receiving the totaldose of study drug without complications. The 2 dogsin the placebo group were euthanized on days 1 and 2after acute onset of central nervous system signs. These2 dogs each received only 1 infusion of placebo. One doghad a necropsy that showed pulmonary thromboemboliand evidence of multiorgan hemorrhage, including thebrain. Grossly, the brain had multifocal regions of hem-orrhage on the frontal lobe, right parietal lobe, cranialcerebellum, and within the pituitary gland. Other areasof the brain examined microscopically were normal.
Figure 2: Comparison of D-dimer values between study groupsbefore and after the study drug with Fisher’s exact P-values. (n) Of the 6 dogs (5 in hIVIG group and 1 in placebo Omitting 1 dog from the placebo group that did not have a group) euthanized within 40 days after discharge, re- ported abnormalities included continued hemolysis in2 dogs, renal failure, undiagnosed paresis, respiratory Coombs results, platelet count, amount of blood trans- distress, and ascites in 1 dog each. Necropsies were fused, white blood cell count, presence of band neutro- conducted on 2 of these dogs, 1 with respiratory dis- phils, partial thromboplastin time, fibrinogen, fibrinogen tress and the other with undiagnosed posterior paresis.
degradation products, alkaline phosphatase, and albu- Grossly, the dog with respiratory distress had evidence min were not found to be associated with mortality.
of thrombi in the lung and spleen, whereas the spinal Systolic arterial blood pressure increased during the cord and spinal vertebrae of the second dog were nor- infusion in 20 dogs, 12 of which were in the hIVIG mal both on gross and histologic examination.
group. The difference between groups was not signifi- Twenty-six of the 28 dogs received packed red blood cant. No dogs developed significant changes in tem- cell transfusions with a mean transfusion volume of perature or heart rate that required intervention. Two 23 mL/kg (range, 10–56 mL/kg). No difference was de- dogs receiving hIVIG developed swelling in the infu- tected in transfusion requirement between the 2 groups.
sion leg. The protocol was continued via a newly placed On admission, 24 of the 28 dogs had elevation in catheter, and after the affected legs were warm packed, D-dimer concentrations. Before studying drug infusion the swelling resolved within 24 hours without residual the median D-dimer concentration of the 2 groups was complications. One dog in the hIVIG group with pre- the same (500–1000 mg/L; the assay’s detectable range viously asymptomatic mitral insufficiency developed was o250–42000 and o250 mg/L was considered the an increased respiratory rate and effort during the third reference interval for clinically healthy dogs). The infusion. Radiographic evidence of volume overload hIVIG group showed a slight, but not significant prompted discontinuation of the infusion. This dog had (P 5 0.11) increase in D-dimers following infusion of received 83% of the total assigned dose.
the study drug. No significant change (P 5 0.69) in the The mean cost of hospitalization for all 28 dogs was D-dimer concentrations was noted in the placebo US$3,771, with a range of US$1,652–US$8,753. The group. Similarly, no difference was noted between hIVIG was provided without charge to enable random- groups (P 5 0.61 prestudy drug, and P 5 0.27 poststudy ization. If the cost of hIVIG was added, the mean cost would have increased by approximately 50%.
In all 28 dogs, factors identified on admission that were associated with increased mortality included el-evation in total serum bilirubin (hazard ratio 5 1.03, 95% confidence interval [CI] 5 1.00–1.07, P 5 0.05) andprolonged prothrombin time (hazard ratio 5 1.46, 95% IMHA is a common condition, and many dogs respond CI 5 1.05–2.02, P 5 0.02). All other variables including well to glucocorticoid therapy alone. Transfusion- temperature, respiratory rate, heart rate, HCT, presence dependent dogs with IMHA tend to be more difficult of autoagglutination, spherocytes, or reticulocytosis, to manage, and may be referred to tertiary care facilities & Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society 2009, doi: 10.1111/j.1476-4431.2009.00403.x where stronger immunosuppressive protocols are gen- in 2 dogs, which had not been identified on thoracic erally used. The variable response to these protocols radiographs. This is not unexpected because thoracic likely depends on several factors, including primarily radiographs can often be normal in these cases. It might the extent of illness, the drug protocol chosen, and also be speculated that the development of neurologic seemingly the degree of monitoring and critical care. In signs and posterior paresis may have been caused some dogs with severe IMHA, hIVIG has been added to by undetected thromboembolism. A specific D-dimer other drugs after publication of reports that hIVIG im- concentration could not be identified as a prognostic proves outcome in dogs that failed to improve after indicator, because 2 of the 4 dogs with D-dimer con- initial treatment.1,5,9 To our knowledge, however, no centrations 42000 mg/L at admission did not survive prospective, blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled to discharge. There did not appear to be a difference in investigations have previously been undertaken to pro- rate of thrombotic disease between the groups.
vide evidence of efficacy of any of these protocols.
It would seem reasonable that early institution of pro- The hIVIG and placebo groups were statistically sim- phylactic anticoagulation might be helpful in preventing ilar to each other based on data collected at admission.
this complication. One group reported that ultralow- Adverse prognostic factors that have been identified in dose aspirin was effective in preventing thromboem- prior reports were further evaluated, as well as some bolic complications in dogs being treated for IMHA.10 others.29 The only significant adverse prognostic find- Although we used low–molecular-weight heparin to ings in this study in both groups were an hyper- try to prevent this complication, we were not entirely bilirubinemia and prolonged prothrombin time at successful. The best drug or even the need for antico- agulation in management of dogs with IMHA has not In this group of 28 dogs with IMHA, all but 2 re- been extensively investigated, and more work is quired transfusions. No significant difference was found between the hIVIG group and the placebo group We failed to detect a statistical difference in D-dimer in number or volume of blood transfusions required.
concentrations between or within groups. A larger sam- The length of hospitalization did not differ between the ple size or inclusion of other coagulation parameters to 2 groups. Although the group receiving hIVIG tended monitor for thrombotic tendencies might have given to have stabilization of PCV approximately 1 day better insight into the detection and extent of ongoing sooner than the placebo group, this difference was not thromboembolism and consumption coagulopathy.
significant. Survival to discharge was comparable be- This study was limited to a relatively small number tween the dogs receiving hIVIG and placebo. Although of dogs, and thus statistical power to detect treatment- 5 of the 6 dogs euthanized within 40 days after dis- related differences smaller than a magnitude of 0.8 charge had received hIVIG, the difference in survival standard deviations was also limited.32 Although the at that time was not significant. Reported mortality use of post-hoc power calculations is controversial, rates with canine IMHA have ranged from 29% to 70%.
these calculations were performed and demonstrate In this study, 14% of dogs were euthanized in the first that the current study was underpowered (power for 14 days, and an additional 18% within 40 days after the study endpoints ranged from only 5–36%). In light discharge, resulting in an overall mortality of 32%.
of these findings, failure to detect statistical significance Although long-term survival was not an endpoint of in various endpoints could be due to inadequate sam- the study, all 19 dogs remaining in remission 40 days ple size of the population or a true lack of difference after discharge, remained clinically well 5 months after between treatment protocols. However, if there was a difference, it was not likely enough to warrant the ad- Thromboembolism has been reported as a significant ditional costs of the hIVIG. Data from the current study cause of death in dogs with IMHA,4,8,25,29 as high as can now be used to design adequately powered studies 80% in one study.29 In addition, the use of glucocor- ticoids30 and placement of IV catheters may contribute All dogs in both groups received glucocorticoid to the risk of thrombotic complications. The presence of treatment for at least 14 days after diagnosis. Less ag- D-dimer elevation, as part of a coagulation profile, is gressive immunosuppression with prednisone used as an accepted indication of active coagulation and fibrin- a single agent might allow for response with fewer ad- olysis.31 In one prospective study 16 of 20 dogs with verse effects than might occur with more potent drugs.
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