Patricia Inácio, PhD, science writer —

Patricia holds her PhD in cell biology from the University Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, and has served as an author on several research projects and fellowships, as well as major grant applications for European agencies. She also served as a PhD student research assistant in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Columbia University, New York, for which she was awarded a Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) fellowship.

Articles by Patricia Inácio

aHUS Diagnosed After Flu Vaccination

A 30-year-old man is thought to have developed atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) after being vaccinated for influenza, as described in a recent case report. “Further studies may be needed to stratify such patients to weigh the risks and benefits of influenza vaccination,” its authors…

Plasma Exchange, Soliris May Help Treat Pregnancy-related aHUS

Plasma exchange and treatment with Soliris (eculizumab) may be used successfully to treat pregnancy-related atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) complicated by kidney failure, a case report suggests. The report, “Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome: when pregnancy leads to lifelong dialysis: a case report and literature review,” was published in…

Viper’s Bite Triggered aHUS, Case Report Says

A 57-year old man developed atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) after being bitten by a pit viper belonging to the Bothrops aspe species, a recent case report suggests. According to its authors, this is the first report describing an association between aHUS and this viper species, likely triggered by venom-induced…

aHUS Found in Boy With Rare, Severe Immune Deficiency Disorder

Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) can co-exist with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), a rare genetic disorder characterized by a weakened immune system, a case report noted. Prompt diagnosis is crucial to improving patient outcomes, its researchers wrote, especially as the two diseases “are considered to exacerbate each other.” The…