A case report of a child with sepsis induced multiorgan failure and massive complement consumption treated with a short course of Eculizumab: A case of crosstalk between coagulation and complement?

Slobodan Galic, Dorottya Csuka, Z. Prohászka, Daniel Turudic, Petra Dzepina, Danko Milosevic

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RATIONALE: This article describes a child with a life-threatening multiorgan failure with disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) and massive complement consumption. To our knowledge this therapeutic approach was for the first time effectively applied in a pediatric patient. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 14-month-old boy was presented with a severe, rapidly progressing, life-threatening disease because of sudden onset of fever, hemathemesis, hematuria, and bloody diarrhoea alongside fast spreading hematomas and general corporeal edema. DIAGNOSIS: The most plausible diagnosis in our patient is Clostridium difficile sepsis-induced thrombotic microangiopathy alongside with DIC and consumption coagulopathy. The diagnosis was confirmed by positive C difficile bacteria strain in coproculture, clinical, and laboratory tests affirming DIC and global complement activation and consumption. INTERVENTIONS: The patient was treated with antibiotics (Metronidazole, Vancomycin), plasmapheresis, dialysis, methylprednisolone, mycophenolate mofetil, and Eculizumab. OUTCOMES: The child is in fair overall condition in a 2 year follow-up with no complications save chronic renal failure. LESSONS: In rare cases of sepsis with massive complement consumption, a case-sensitive Eculizumab therapy may be at least considered after the resolution of life-threatening multiorgan failure. The application of this drug can be performed only after sepsis induced disease is put under control. A fast withdrawal of Eculizumab after control of massive complement consumption is recommended to prevent triggering of second sepsis reactivation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e14105
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019


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