STATEMENT OF NEED
Cold agglutinin disease (CAD) is a rare subtype of autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) in which antibodies cause hemolysis at cold temperatures, generally between 37º to 39º Fahrenheit. Approximately 1 in a million people are affected by CAD annually, with onset usually occurring between the ages of 40 and 80 years. Individuals commonly experience fatigue, dizziness, palpitations, and shortness of breath caused by the anemia; jaundice caused by degradation of hemoglobin into bilirubin; and sweating, coldness, or painful discoloration of their fingers, toes, ankles, and wrists triggered by exposure to cold (NORD, 2020). While progress has been made in recent years in understanding the pathogenesis of CAD, consensus recommendations based on randomized trials are needed for improving treatment outcomes and reducing symptom burden (Berentsen, 2021). In this Hematology/Oncology Fellows Lecture Series chaired by Catherine Broome, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, faculty will provide expert perspectives on optimizing the diagnosis, treatment, and supportive care of CAD.
Hematology fellows, attending faculty, and other health care professionals involved in the treatment of patients with cold agglutinin disease (CAD).
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Evaluate the clinical and laboratory features of CAD that can inform timely and accurate diagnosis
- Discuss the pathophysiology of CAD and the scientific rationale for targeting the classical complement pathway
- Appraise the efficacy and safety of novel complement inhibitors for CAD as elucidated by recent studies
- Assess strategies for managing anemia, cold-induced circulatory symptoms, and treatment-related adverse events to optimize the clinical outcomes of patients with CAD
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Catherine M. Broome, MD, discloses that she has served on advisory board or panel for Alexion, Alpine, Argenx, Sanofi, and Star; that she has served on a speaker's bureau for Alexion and Sanofi; and that she has received grants/research support from Alexion, Alpine, Argenx, Novartis, Sanofi, and Star.
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Visiting Professor Lecture Series
1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
ESTIMATED TIME TO COMPLETE
8/15/23 - 6/28/24