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What drugs are given to treat Hypochromic-Microcytic Anemia?

IRON (oral or parenteral)


What drugs are given to treat Megablastic Anemia?

vitamin B12 and/or folate


What 4 drugs are given to treat Neutropenia? (FPSP)

figrastim, pegfilgrastim, sargramostim, plerixafor


What 3 drugs are given to treat Thrombocytopenia? (ORE)

oprelvekin, romiplastin, eltrombopag


What are hydroxyurea and eculizumab used to treat?

H --> sickle cell anemia

E --> paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria


Why is hepcidin important in iron absorption and what conditions increase and decrease its synthesis?

- hepcidin blocks absorption of iron because excess iron can be toxic to the body (blocks ferroportin)

inc. hepcidin = excess iron, inflammation
- bacteria needs iron
dec. hepcidin = inc. erythroid demand, hypoxia

**no renal mechanism for iron elimination**


What is Microcytic Anemia and what are 3 things that it leads to?

- small, pale RBCs caused by not having enough hemoglobin

- red. iron availability (severe deficiency, anemia of inflamm, copper def.)

caused by: reduced iron availability, reduced heme synthesis (lead poisoning), and reduced globin production (thalassemic disorders)


Oral Iron:

What foods do you get iron from, how should oral iron be taken, and what side effects does it cause (6)?

- best absorbed from meat, fish, poultry

- take 200-400 mg of ferrous (Fe2+)/day in 2-3 doses w/water or juice (not enteric-coated and not-sustained release (only get 25% absorption)

- nausea, constipation, anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, dark stool (food helps dec. irritation but inhibs absorp)


Parenteral (colloidal) Iron:

What are 3 options that can be given and what is a new one that tolerated better?

use iron dextran, sodium ferric gluconate, iron-sucrose (all have iron oxyhydroxide core)

new: Ferumoxytol (nanoparticle iron)
- administered quick and easier than dextran
- side effects similar to oral


Acute Iron Toxicity vs Chronic Iron Toxicity:

Who is at risk, what are symptoms, and how are they treated?

A: children (10 tablets = lethal)
- necrotizing gastroenteritis, vomit, bloody diarrhea
- use whole bowel irrigation and deferoxamine

C: hemochromatosis or chronic RBC transfusions
- iron deposits in heart, liver, pancreas (organ fails)


How do folate and Vitamin B12 affect the CNS?

- they form methionine from homocysteine
for methylation reactions (mainly B12 tho)

- used to make purines and thymidylate


What is a common cellular feature of Megaloblastic Macrocytic Anemia that is NOT related to RBCs themselves?

- appearance of HYPERSEGMENTED neutrophils in blood smears


Vitamin B12:

Where do we get it from, how much do we store, and how can it be depleted?

- found in animal products and fortified breakfast cereal

- need 2 ug/day, but can store 2-5 mgs (half in liver)

- takes years for deficiency to develop after, but leads to rapid onset neuro dysfunction that may not fully reverse


What agent can inactivate B12 in our bodies?

Nitrous Oxide (given during analgesia before surgery)

- inactivates Cyanocobalamin


How is Cobalamin absorbed in our bodies?

- binds to R-factor in gastric juice, but is freed in alkaline duodenum by pancreatic enzymes

- then binds to Intrinsic Factor (parietal cells), then binds as a complex to cubulin (receptor) in the Ileum


What are 3 common causes of Vitamin B12 Deficiency? (PGH)

1. Pernicious Anemia (elderly white/black women/men)
- caused by autoantibodies to IF-Cbl or their receptor
- caused by chronic atrophic gastritis (Abs vs parietal)

2. gastrectomy or gastritis

3. H. pylori infection


What are common cutaneous, GI, hematologic, and neuro symptoms of B12 deficiency?

C: vitiligo, hyperpigmentation
GI: glossitis (thick, smooth, red tongue)
H: anemia, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia
N: symmetric numbness, weakness, gait


Oral vs Parental treatment of Vitamin B12 Deficiency

O: 1-2 mg/day for 2 wks, then 1 mg daily
- works w/Pernicious (alternate absorption pathway)

P: cyanocobalamin @ 1 mg/day for 1 wk, then weekly for 1 month, then monthly
- use if NEUROLOGICAL symptoms are present


Folate (Vitamin B9):

Where do we get it, how much do we need, and what are two causes of deficiency?

from yeast, organ meat, leafy greens; absorbed by jejunum

- 400 ug/adults and 800 ug/day pregnant/lact. women (prevent congenital malformation)

deficiency from: inadequate intake or alcoholism


What are pregnancy, cutaneous, GI, and hematologic symptoms of Folate Deficiency?

P: neural tube defects
C: jaundice
GI: mouth ulcers
H: anemia, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia

**NO NEURO SYMPTOMS** --> exam purposes


Oral Folate Treatment:

How much should be given and what can it cause at high doses (2)?

- 1 mg/day x 4 months (malabsorption = 1-5 mg doses)

- high doses cause hypotension/hypoglycemia


What are the Hct and hemoglobin outcomes for Megaloblastic Anemia treatment?

How are reticulocytes and neuro symptoms affected by treatment?

Hct - inc. < 2wks w/folate, normalize in 2 mths
Hb - inc. in 1 wk w/B12, normalize in 1-2 mths

reticulocytosis in 3-5 days
neuro: takes longer and may be irreversible
- should NOT worsen during treatment


Where is EPO made and what does it do?

made by renal cortical fibroblasts of the kidneys (stimulated by hypoxia)

- stimulates red bone marrow to enhance erythropoiesis and inc. RBC counts (inc. oxygen carrying ability of blood)


Epoetin Alfa:

What is its MOA, effects, and clinical applications (2)?

MOA: 165 AA erythropoiesis-stimulating glycoprotein
- looks like EPO

Effects: inc. RBCs, inc. reticulocytes (<10 days)

Apps: treat anemia caused by chronic kidney disease and chemotherapy (No Olympic uses)


Epoetin Alfa:

How is it administered and what are 4 toxic effects it can have? (DMSV)

- administered IV or SubQ

- can cause death, MI, stroke, venous thromboembolis

**darbepoetin alfa has 3x LONGER HALF LIFE (21hrs)**



What is its MOA, effects, and clinical applications?

How is it administered?

MOA: S-phase cell cycle arrest, boosts HbF levels

Effects: lowers HbS concentration in a cell

Apps: only therapy approved for Sickle Cell Disease

- administered orally, readily absorbed or distributed widely (in erythrocytes/leukocytes)



What is its MOA, effects (2), and clinical applications?

MOA: Ab binds to protein C5, prevents MAC formation

Effects: inhibits terminal complement intravascular hemolysis (PNH) AND inhibits thrombotic microangiopathy (AHUS)
- used for Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria and Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

**only available under REMS to which you must enroll



How is it given and what are toxicities associated with it?

- 35 min IV once per week x 4 weeks, then maintenance doses every 2 wks (MOST EXPENSIVE DRUG ON MARKET)

- viral infections, meningococcal infections (vaccine 2 wks prior), upper respiratory tract infections, hypertension, headache, anemia/leukopenia


What is the classification of SEVERE neutropenia?

Absolute Neutrophil Count < 500 cells/ul


What are common presenting signs of Neutropenia?

low-grade fever, sore mouth, odynophagia (severe pain when swallowing), skin abcesses, recurrent bacterial infections