A 2-year-old patient with a neuroblastoma developed haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) following treatment with cisplatin and carboplatin. Following treatment with eculizumab, there was a substantial improvement in renal function with the recovery of the platelet count and the cessation of haemolysis. Subsequent investigations showed a novel, heterozygous CD46 splice site mutation with reduced peripheral blood neutrophil CD46 expression. Withdrawal of eculizumab was followed by the recurrence of disease activity, which resolved with re-introduction of therapy. Abnormal regulation of complement may be associated with other cases of cisplatin-induced HUS and treatment with eculizumab may be appropriate for other affected individuals.
Keywords: CD46; cisplatin; eculizumab; haemolytic uraemic syndrome.