Author Archives: Brian Murphy, Ph.D.

FAQs About Blood Transfusions for CAD

Cold agglutinin disease (CAD) is marked by the destruction of red blood cells, cells essential to transporting oxygen to tissues. Their loss can lead to symptoms that include joint pain, fatigue, and cardiac issues. Your doctor may recommend a blood transfusion to help ease these symptoms. Here are answers to some frequently…

FAQs About Plasmapheresis for CAD

Cold agglutinin disease (CAD) is a rare disorder in which the immune system produces autoantibodies that attack the body’s own red blood cells when exposed to cold temperatures. Plasmapheresis can provide temporary relief of symptoms by removing autoantibodies from the blood. Here Following are a few frequently asked questions…

Your CAD Treatment Team

If you are diagnosed with cold agglutinin disease (CAD), it is important to see a multidisciplinary treatment team of healthcare professionals, in addition to your primary care physician, to make sure that you are receiving the best possible care. In CAD, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks red blood…

CAD and Anesthesia

For cold agglutinin disease (CAD) patients who may need to undergo surgery, certain complications can occur as a result of anesthesia, but there are some simple precautions that can be taken to lower the risk of these issues. What is anesthesia? Anesthesia involves the use of medications during medical…

Side Effects of Rituximab for CAD

Cold agglutinin disease (CAD) is an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks its red blood cells during exposure to cold temperatures. Rituximab is increasingly used to treat CAD. Here is information about rituximab, and the range of side effects associated with its use. What is rituximab? Rituximab (brand names…

FAQs About Rituximab for Cold Agglutinin Disease

A leading treatment for cold agglutinin disease (CAD) is rituximab. Following  are answers to some questions you might have before you decide to start treatment. How does rituximab work? CAD is caused by immune cells in the body called B-cells producing antibodies that bind to red…