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thrombotic microangiopathy

VEGF inhibitors and proteinuria

I’ve recently had the privilege of caring for a patient undergoing chemotherapy for a metastatic malignancy using agents targeting the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) pathway. This patient, having tolerated three cycles of avastin and ipilumimab without any…

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Angiojet as a Cause of AKI??

The Angiojet Rheolytic Thrombectomy System is a medical device currently used to re-establish blood flow in a variety of settings. Briefly, a catheter is introduced into an area of thrombosis and a saline stream is directed towards the thrombus of…

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Atypical HUS & Orphan Drugs

Atypical HUS refers to hemolytic uremic syndrome which occurs without E. coli 0157:H7-induced diarrhea as the inciting event. There are many causes of atypical HUS: calcineurin inhibitors, HIV, pneumococcal infection and rare genetic diseases are all on the…

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Pre-Eclampsia & HELLP!

The pre-eclampsia story (which I have mentioned previously on this blog) is one of the triumphs of basic nephrology research over the past few years, and apparently the folks at the ASN thought so as well, as Dr….

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Scleroderma & the Kidney

Scleroderma is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by fibrosis and hardening of the skin and other organs–occasionally involving the kidney to such an extent that dialysis becomes necessary. There are two main flavors of scleroderma: (1) the CREST…

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Avastin-induced kidney injury

Avastin (bevacizumab) is one of the commonly used VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) inhibitors used to inhibit vascular neogenesis, a process which is required for growth of tumor. It has proven to be a valuable agent in a…

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