Anti-s antibody-associated delayed hemolytic transfusion reaction in patients with sickle cell anemia

Meena Kalyanaraman, Sabrina M. Heidemann, Ashok P. Sarnaik, Kathleen L. Meert, Sharada A. Sarnaik

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Purpose: Signs and symptoms of delayed hemolytic transfusion reaction (DHTR) may resemble those of vaso-occlusive crises in patients with sickle cell anemia (SCA). The diagnosis of DHTR therefore presents a challenge to the clinician when treating such patients. The current study describes a patient with SCA and DHTR secondary to red cell anti-s antibody, manifesting as painful extremities, severe hemolytic anemia, and acute oliguric renal failure. Patient and Methods: A 17-year-old patient with homozygous hemoglobin S presented 8 days after partial exchange transfusions with severe anemia and signs and symptoms resembling vaso-occlusive crisis. Clinical course was complicated by intravascular hemolysis and acute renal failure. Results: Anti-s antibody was detected in the eluate. Diagnosis of DHTR was made. Treatment included single volume whole blood exchange transfusion and continuous veno-venous hemofiltration with dialysis. Conclusions: The possibility of DHTR should be considered in a patient with SCA with hemolytic anemia. Acute renal failure is a rare complication of anti-s antibody- associated DHTR. Such reactions can be successfully managed with exchange transfusion and continuous hemofiltration with dialysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-73
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1999


  • Direct anti-globulin test
  • Hemolytic transfusion reactions
  • Sickle cell anemia


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