Atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS) often leads to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and kidney transplantation; graft loss rates are high due to disease recurrence. A post hoc analysis of four prospective clinical trials in aHUS was performed to evaluate eculizumab, a terminal complement inhibitor, in patients with native or transplanted kidneys. The trials included 26-week treatment and extension periods. Dialysis, transplant and graft loss were evaluated. Study endpoints included complete thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) response, TMA event-free status, haematologic and renal parameters and adverse events. Of 100 patients, 74 had native kidneys and 26 in the transplant subgroup had a collective history of 38 grafts. No patients lost grafts and only one with pre-existing ESRD received a transplant on treatment. Efficacy endpoints were achieved similarly in both subgroups. After 26 weeks, mean absolute estimated glomerular filtration rate increased from baseline to 61 and 37 ml/min/1.73 m2 in native (n = 71; P < 0.0001) and transplanted kidney (n = 25; P = 0.0092) subgroups. Two patients (one/subgroup) developed meningococcal infections; both recovered, one continued therapy. Eculizumab was well tolerated. Eculizumab improved haematologic and renal outcomes in both subgroups. In patients with histories of multiple graft losses, eculizumab protected kidney function.
- atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome
- kidney transplantation
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