Friday, September 15, 2017

Case Report

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High-dose hydroxocobalamin for vasoplegic syndrome causing false blood leak alarm on Hemodialysis

"Blood leak alarms are important safety features in a hemodialysis machine to protect patients from loss of blood through a rupture in the dialyzer membrane (true alarms). A false blood leak alarm can be triggered by air bubbles or detector malfunction (such as deposits of grease or scale). Hydroxocobalamin is an injectable form of vitamin B12 approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of confirmed or suspected cyanide toxicity. Due to observations of an increase in arterial pressure after high-dose hydroxocobalamin infusion for the treatment of acute cyanide poisoning, it has recently been reported as an off-label rescue treatment for post–cardiopulmonary bypass vasoplegic syndrome. We report an 83-year-old man who received hydroxocobalamin following cardiac surgery for treatment of vasoplegic syndrome. The patient developed severe acute kidney injury with volume overload. Hydroxocobalamin interference with the blood leak detector compromised his dialysis treatment. We describe the use of continuous renal replacement therapy to overcome the hydroxocobalamin-related interference with hemodialysis. As the utility of hydroxocobalamin potentially expands, physicians must be aware of its inadvertent effect on renal replacement therapy."

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Reference: High-dose hydroxocobalamin for vasoplegic syndrome causing false blood leak alarm Wisit Cheungpasitporn John Hui Kianoush B. Kashani Erica D. Wittwer Robert C. Albright, Jr John J. Dillon Clinical Kidney Journal, Volume 10, Issue 3, 1 June 2017, Pages 357–362

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