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BC: Articoli scritti da M. Bazzan

Un caso insolito di mieloma a catene leggere
An uncommon case of light chain multiple myeloma
<p>A 77-year-old patient with a long-lasting stable proteinuria was admitted to the Nephrology Department for the recent onset of nephrotic syndrome and renal failure. The initial laboratory profile was unremarkable, except for a severe hypogammaglobinemia without monoclonal spike on serum protein electrophoresis. Renal biopsy was performed, showing diffuse amyloidosis; however, immunohistochemistry for light chains was negative, leading to the hypothesis of a genetic amyloidosis. To rule out an AL-type amyloidosis, serum immunofixation and FLC measurement were performed, showing a monoclonal component of lambda light chain with a significant impairment of the kappa/lambda ratio. The bone-marrow biopsy led to the final diagnosis of light chain multiple myeloma. A Bortezomib-based chemotherapy regimen was started, however, despite clinical improvement, lambda free light chains showed a marked increase, leading to a Melphalan-based therapeutic strategy. In conclusion, measurement of FLC ratio was crucial for the diagnosis and the therapeutic monitoring in this troublesome myeloma case.</p>
Biochimica Clinica ; 42(1) e12-e14
Casi clinici - Case report
Alterazioni dei meccanismi dell’emostasi in corso di infezione da SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)
Alterations of hemostasis during SARS-CoV-2 infection (COVID-19)
<p>The corona virus infection (named COVID-19), first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, has contributed to significant mortality in several countries with the number of infected cases increasing exponentially worldwide, in particular in Italy and in the USA. The majority of the most severely ill patients initially presents with single organ failure (i.e. severe respiratory syndrome), but some of them progress to more systemic disease and multiple organ failure (MOF). One of the most significant poor prognostic features in these patients is the development of coagulopathy, similarly to patients who develop sepsis from various infectious agents. Coagulopathy in patients with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic but, in some cases, the septic state may evolve into Sepsis-Induced Coagulopathy (SIC) and overt Disseminated Intravascular Coagulopathy (DIC). In patients with severe clinical manifestations, a cytokine storm occurs that contributes to triggering a greater imbalance of the hemostatic mechanisms by promoting the development of microthrombosis at the level of the pulmonary endothelium. The effectiveness of anticoagulant therapies, performed primarily with low-molecular weight heparin, is greater the earlier the diagnosis is made. This is possible through the adoption of diagnostic protocols that include laboratory tests and clinical scores. The laboratory tests suggested for this purpose by the available Guidelines are prothrombin time, platelet count, D-dimer and fibrinogen. D-dimer appears to be the parameter with the greatest prognostic significance since it also allows a stratification of the thrombotic risk.</p>
Biochimica Clinica ; 17(1) 015-016
Il ruolo del laboratorio di coagulazione nel monitoraggio del trattamento eparinico dei pazienti con COVID-19
The role of laboratory monitoring in heparin treatment of COVID-19 patients
<p>Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) can be associated with serious clinical complications such as acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), sepsis and multiple organ failure (MOF). A key event in the pathophysiology of ARDS is immunothrombosis, a process initiated by the innate immune system that provides a first line of defense for local control of infection. In its physiological form, immunothrombosis is intended to facilitate the recognition, containment and destruction of pathogens, thus protecting the integrity of the host without inducing significant collateral damage. The cytokine storm that occurs during COVID-19 induces often venous and arterial thrombotic events affecting different organs, not limited to the respiratory system. It is therefore necessary to introduce an anticoagulant treatment in patients with COVID-19 to prevent the onset and the extension of thrombotic events. The low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) is the first-choice drug recommended by the main international scientific societies; alternatively, unfractionated heparin (UFH) or fondaparinux can be used. The dosage of these drugs in patients with COVID-19 is still under discussion. The coagulation testing plays an important role in monitoring the efficacy and safety of UFH treatment; in the case of LMWHs, these usually do not require monitoring but, if alterations of renal function occur, it is important to perform the chromogenic determinations of the anti-Xa activity, paying a particular attention to the timing of sampling, the pre-analytical variables, calibration of the test and reference ranges.</p>
Biochimica Clinica ; 17(1) 017-018