Diagnosis of aHUS

A clinical diagnosis of aHUS in a patient with signs of TMA requires exclusion of other underlying causes1,2




Severe ADAMTS13 deficiency (TTP)

The underlying cause in TTP is a severe deficiency in ADAMTS13 activity (≤5%)1,2

Insufficient ADAMTS13 activity (≤5%) leaves von Willebrand (vWF) factor uncleaved, causing excessive platelet aggregation1,2

Genetic, complement-mediated TMA (aHUS)

aHUS is caused by chronic, uncontrolled complement activation6-8

Genetic defects in natural inhibitors lead to chronic, uncontrolled activation of the complement system, causing continuous endothelial cell damage and platelet aggregation6-8

Early identification of aHUS allows for rapid and improved disease management1,2

A patient with a TMA presenting with SCr >1.7 mg/dL OR platelet count >30,000/mm3 is 21.8 times less likely to have severe ADAMTS13 deficiency (TTP) than those who meet neither criteria9

  • In a national registry of 214 TMA patients, baseline SCr and platelet count were identified as independently predictive values of ADAMTS13 deficiency9.
  • Multiple studies on a total of 806 patients with TMA have demonstrated that baseline values of SCr and platelets at clinical presentation can rapidly and efficiently distinguish between sufficient and severely deficient ADAMTS13 activity9-14

When you suspect TMA:

  • Rapidly test ADAMTS13 activity PRIOR TO intervention to ensure accurate test results1,2
  • Confirm non-immune hemolysis with a negative Coombs test2
  • Get medical history including previous TMA and unexplained renal disease2
  • Obtain family history of TMA or renal impairment2,7

Complement-amplifying conditions place patients with aHUS at high risk for TMA manifestations1,15,16

  • TMA is very rare among the general population17-19
  • A patient who presents with TMA and an identifiable complement-amplifying condition may have a defect in complement regulation15,16,20,21

70% of patients with aHUS presented their first clinical manifestations while experiencing a complement-amplifying condition (191/273)3

Complement amplification occurs frequently and is not always apparent20, 22-24

If the signs and symptoms of TMA do not rapidly resolve in response to complement-amplifying condition management, continue to evaluate following the differential diagnostic pathway of TMAs1

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