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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…

Alert Cards for Cold Agglutinin Disease

Clinical alert items such as blood lab cards and bedside blood cards are important tools for people with cold agglutinin disease (CAD). What is CAD? CAD is a rare autoimmune disorder in which exposure to cold temperatures causes autoantibodies, or cold agglutinins, to bind tightly to red…

Independent Living for CAD Patients

Learning that you have a chronic condition such as cold agglutinin disease (CAD) can be particularly concerning if you are living alone. However, there are steps you can take to help you live well and independently. Become a self-manager With a chronic disease, you are in a different place than…

Raising Awareness of Cold Agglutinin Disease

Cold agglutinin disease (CAD) occurs in only about one in 80,000 people. Due to its rarity, most physicians are unfamiliar with the disease. That could be problematic, particularly if a medical emergency such as a hemolytic flare-up or heart issue arises. Following is some information about…

Cold Agglutinin Disease in Children

While the risk for cold agglutinin disease (CAD) increases after age 55, children occasionally develop the disorder. In these cases, CAD is usually the result of infection, lasts a relatively short time, and generally requires supportive care only. What is CAD? CAD is a type of autoimmune hemolytic anemia,…