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To describe the successful treatment of a life-threatening type III hypersensitivity reaction suspected to have been related to human serum albumin (HSA) administration in a dog with therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE).

Case summary

A 3-year-old neutered male mixed breed dog was suspected to have developed immune-mediated vasculitis 2 weeks after the administration of HSA (740 mg/kg) for the management of hypoalbuminemia resulting from septic peritonitis. The dog was presented with fever, edema, hypoalbuminemia (26 g/L [2.6 g/dL]; reference interval, 30–44 g/L [3.0-4.4 g/dL]), and coagulopathy. The dog was treated with fresh frozen plasma (FFP) and glucocorticoids but remained hypoalbuminemic (18 g/L [1.8 g/dL]) and developed acute kidney injury (AKI). Over 4 days, 3 TPE treatments were performed, with a total of 2.7 plasma volumes exchanged. Replacement fluids consisted of a combination of FFP, hydroxyethyl starch 6%, and 0.9% saline solution. Following TPE treatments, serum albumin concentration increased (from 18 g/L [1.8 g/dL] to 25 g/L [2.5 g/dL]), serum creatinine concentration decreased (from 340 μmol/L [3.9 mg/dL] to 87 μmol/L [0.98 mg/dL]), and clotting times normalized (activated partial thromboplastin time decreased from 33 seconds to 14.5 seconds). There was a gradual but consistent clinical improvement of the edema and overall demeanor of the dog. No significant adverse effects were noted during the TPE treatments, and the dog was discharged after 8 days of hospitalization. Following discharge, the dog had complete clinical resolution of edema and AKI.

New/unique information

This is the first report describing successful use of TPE for the management of an immune-mediated reaction (type III hypersensitivity) following HSA administration.

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