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Life Sci Alliance ; 3(2)2020 Feb.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31882397

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We identified a consanguineous kindred, of three affected children with severe autoinflammation, resulting in the death of one sibling and allogeneic stem cell transplantation in the other two. All three were homozygous for MEFV p.S208C mutation; however, their phenotype was more severe than previously reported, prompting consideration of an oligogenic autoinflammation model. Further genetic studies revealed homozygous mutations in TRAP1, encoding the mitochondrial/ER resident chaperone protein tumour necrosis factor receptor associated protein 1 (TRAP1). Identification of a fourth, unrelated patient with autoinflammation and compound heterozygous mutation of TRAP1 alone facilitated further functional studies, confirming the importance of this protein as a chaperone of misfolded proteins with loss of function, which may contribute to autoinflammation. Impaired TRAP1 function leads to cellular stress and elevated levels of serum IL-18. This study emphasizes the importance of considering digenic or oligogenic models of disease in particularly severe phenotypes and suggests that autoinflammatory disease might be enhanced by bi-allelic mutations in TRAP1.

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Heart ; 2019 Dec 16.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31843876

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Kawasaki disease (KD) is an inflammatory disorder of young children, associated with vasculitis of the coronary arteries with subsequent aneurysm formation in up to one-third of untreated patients. Those who develop aneurysms are at life-long risk of coronary thrombosis or the development of stenotic lesions, which may lead to myocardial ischaemia, infarction or death. The incidence of KD is increasing worldwide, and in more economically developed countries, KD is now the most common cause of acquired heart disease in children. However, many clinicians in the UK are unaware of the disorder and its long-term cardiac complications, potentially leading to late diagnosis, delayed treatment and poorer outcomes. Increasing numbers of patients who suffered KD in childhood are transitioning to the care of adult services where there is significantly less awareness and experience of the condition than in paediatric services. The aim of this document is to provide guidance on the long-term management of patients who have vascular complications of KD and guidance on the emergency management of acute coronary complications. Guidance on the management of acute KD is published elsewhere.

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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31775019

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CAPSULE SUMMARY: We characterise the immunopathogenesis of autoinflammation, HLH, and early onset intestinal inflammation caused by homozygous mutation in DNASE2, and provide the first description of favourable therapeutic response to JAK1/JAK2 blockade in this disease.

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Front Immunol ; 10: 2589, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31781101

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Monogenic forms of vasculitis are rare but increasingly recognized. Furthermore, genetic immunodeficiency is increasingly associated with inflammatory immune dysregulatory features, including vasculitis. This case report describes a child of non-consanguineous parents who presented with chronic digital vasculitis early in life, is of short stature, has facial dysmorphia, immunodeficiency (low serum IgA, high serum IgM), recurrent bacterial infections, lymphoproliferation, absence of detectable serum C1q, and low classical complement pathway activity. We identified a previously reported de novo heterozygous pathogenic splice mutation in PIK3R1 (c.1425 + 1G > A), resulting in the skipping of exon 11 of the p85α subunit of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase and causing activated PI3Kδ syndrome type II (APDS2). This explained the phenotype, with the exception of digital vasculitis and C1q deficiency, which have never been described in association with APDS2. No mutations were identified in C1QA, B, or C, their promoter regions, or in any other complement component. Functional studies indicated normal monocytic C1q production and release, suggesting that the observed C1q deficiency was caused by peripheral consumption of C1q. Since C1q deficiency has never been associated with APDS2, we assessed C1q levels in two unrelated patients with genetically confirmed APDS2 and confirmed C1q deficiency in those two cases as well. This observation suggests C1q deficiency to be an inherent but previously unrecognized feature of APDS2. We speculate that the consumption of C1q is driven by increased apoptotic bodies derived from immune cellular senescence, combined with elevated IgM production (both inherent features of APDS2). Secondary C1q deficiency in APDS2 may further contribute to immunodeficiency and could also be associated with inflammatory immune dysregulatory phenotypes, such as the digital vasculitis observed in our case.

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JAMA Netw Open ; 2(10): e1914274, 2019 Oct 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31664448

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Importance: Neuroinflammatory disorders are a range of severe neurological disorders causing brain and spinal inflammation and are now increasingly recognized in the pediatric population. They are often characterized by marked genotypic and phenotypic heterogeneity, complicating diagnostic work in clinical practice and molecular diagnosis. Objective: To develop and evaluate a next-generation sequencing panel targeting genes causing neuroinflammation or mimicking neuroinflammation. Design, Setting, and Participants: Cohort study in which a total of 257 genes associated with monogenic neuroinflammation and/or cerebral vasculopathy, including monogenic noninflammatory diseases mimicking these entities, were selected. A customized enrichment capture array, the neuroinflammation gene panel (NIP), was created. Targeted high-coverage sequencing was applied to DNA samples taken from eligible patients referred to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, United Kingdom, between January 1, 2017, and January 30, 2019, because of onset of disease early in life, family history, and/or complex neuroinflammatory phenotypes. Main Outcomes and Measures: The main outcome was the percentage of individuals with definitive molecular diagnoses, variant classification, and clinical phenotyping of patients with pathogenic variants identified using the NIP panel. The NIP panel was initially validated in 16 patients with known genetic diagnoses. Results: The NIP was both sensitive (95%) and specific (100%) for detection of known mutations, including gene deletions, copy number variants, small insertions and deletions, and somatic mosaicism with allele fraction as low as 3%. Prospective testing of 60 patients (30 [50%] male; median [range] age, 9.8 [0.8-20] years) presenting with heterogeneous neuroinflammatory phenotypes revealed at least 1 class 5 (clearly pathogenic) variant in 9 of 60 patients (15%); 18 of 60 patients (30%) had at least 1 class 4 (likely pathogenic) variant. Overall, a definitive molecular diagnosis was established in 12 of 60 patients (20%). Conclusions and Relevance: The NIP was associated with molecular diagnosis in this cohort and complemented routine laboratory and radiological workup of patients with neuroinflammation. Unexpected genotype-phenotype associations in patients with pathogenic variants deviating from the classic phenotype were identified. Obtaining an accurate molecular diagnosis in a timely fashion informed patient management, including successful targeted treatment in some instances and early institution of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in others.

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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31384939

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OBJECTIVES: Hereditary systemic autoinflammatory diseases are rare genetic disorders, which if untreated, can be complicated by AA amyloidosis leading to renal failure and premature death. Our objective was to find a genetic cause in a British family with a dominantly inherited autoinflammatory disease complicated by AA amyloidosis. METHODS: The index patient and his sister underwent comprehensive clinical and laboratory assessment including the next-generation sequencing panel targeting autoinflammatory genes. Subsequently, other relatives underwent clinical evaluation and genetic testing. Screening of the SAA1 gene was performed in all symptomatic cases. RESULTS: The index case and his sister presented with proteinuria due to AA amyloidosis. They have been suffering from episodes of fever accompanied by severe abdominal and chest pain, arthritis and erythema since childhood. Their father died aged 52 years from complications following a cadaveric renal transplantation. The post-mortem examination demonstrated AA amyloidosis. The index case's grandmother, two paternal cousins and two of their children described similar symptoms. All symptomatic individuals had excellent responses to colchicine. Next-generation sequencing analysis identified a single MEFV p.P373L variant in the index case, his sister and subsequently, in symptomatic family members. Sequencing of the SAA1 gene revealed all cases were heterozygous for the SAA1.1 allele. CONCLUSION: Typically FMF is an autosomal recessive disorder; nonetheless rare cases of dominantly inherited disease have previously been described. Here we report a novel MEFV variant p.P373L, causing dominant FMF complicated by AA amyloidosis in four generations of a British family.

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Rheumatol Adv Pract ; 3(1): rkz004, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31431992

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Objective: The aim was to carry out a retrospective review of the efficacy and safety of anakinra in paediatric patients with undifferentiated autoinflammatory disease (uAID). Methods: We carried out a retrospective study of children with uAID at a single quaternary centre. The clinical efficacy of anakinra was evaluated using physician global assessment (PGA) and serological response assessed by levels of serum amyloid A and CRP. Safety was assessed by exploring adverse events, including infection and drug reactions. Results: This study included 22 patients, 64% females and 36% males of median age 7.1 years (range 0.13-14.11 years), with uAID. The median starting dose of anakinra was 2 mg/kg (range 2-6 mg/kg) and the median duration of treatment 19.6 months (range 0.8-100 months). Before anakinra treatment, the median PGA, on a three-point Likert scale, was 2 (range 1-2), which fell to 1 (range 0-2) within 3 months of treatment. Eight of 22 (36%) patients achieved complete clinical and serological remission; 8/22 (36%) achieved a partial response; and 6/22 (28%) had no response to anakinra. Adverse events included death (3/22, 14%) and allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (1/22, 5%). There were no new safety signals, and anakinra was well tolerated overall. Conclusion: Retrospectively, 72% of children with uAID responded well to anakinra, with 36% achieving full clinical and serological remission within 3 months. This suggests that empirical trials of IL-1 blockade might be warranted in children with uAID. Clear stopping criteria based on predefined parameters should be considered, because non-responders required alternative therapies, facilitated by a definitive molecular diagnosis where possible.

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Pediatr Rheumatol Online J ; 17(1): 39, 2019 Jul 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31291964

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BACKGROUND: Deficiency of adenosine deaminase 2 (DADA2) is a rare autosomal recessive autoinflammatory condition. Recognised features include vasculitis predominantly affecting medium sized vessels, livedoid skin rash, central and peripheral nervous system involvement, variable degrees of immunodeficiency, and marrow failure, amongst other clinical presentations. We present the case of a six year old male with DADA2 who presented with acute testicular ischaemia secondary to vasculitis, the first such description in DADA2. CASE PRESENTATION: A six year old male presented acute right-sided testicular pain. His history included transient infantile neutropenia, resolved hepatosplenomegaly, and longstanding livedo racemosa, leading to screening and confirmation of DADA2 caused by homozygous c.139G > C (p.G47R) mutation of ADA2. As his only clinical feature was that of mild livedo racemosa with normal laboratory parameters at diagnosis, he was being actively monitored prior to starting any treatment. At a routine clinic follow-up a 24 h history of testicular pain was noted on systems review. He was afebrile, and his only physical signs were that of moderate livedo racemosa, and tenderness of the right testicle. Laboratory parameters revealed C-reactive protein (CRP) 8 mg/L (reference range [RR] < 20 mg/L); erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) 28 mm/hr. (RR < 10); and serum amyloid A (SAA)5 mg/L (RR < 10). Ultrasound-scan of the scrotum revealed significantly reduced perfusion of the right testes, without torsion. Surgical scrotal exploration confirmed testicular ischaemia without torsion. Histology demonstrated ischaemic seminiferous tubules with intervening haemorrhage and acute inflammatory cells, consistent with vasculitis of the testis as the cause. He was treated with high dose intravenous methyl-prednisolone followed by a weaning course of oral prednisolone, and subcutaneous adalimumab (anti-tumour necrosis factor alpha, anti-TNFα). Repeat ultrasound-scan 3 weeks later revealed good testicular perfusion, with a small area of focal infarction. At last follow-up (11 months post-event) he remained asymptomatic, on treatment with adalimumab. CONCLUSION: The phenotype of DADA2 continues to expand, and we add testicular infarction to the features of DADA2. CRP and SAA cannot be relied on as reliable biomarkers to predict tissue ischaemia and hence who to target for anti-TNFα therapy in DADA2, since these remained steadfastly normal before, during, and after testicular infarction in this case.

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Ann Rheum Dis ; 78(10): 1405-1411, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31278138

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OBJECTIVES: To describe the clinical characteristics, treatment response and genetic findings in a large cohort of patients with undefined systemic autoinflammatory diseases (SAIDs). METHODS: Clinical and genetic data from patients with undefined SAIDs were extracted from the Eurofever registry, an international web-based registry that retrospectively collects clinical information on patients with autoinflammatory diseases. RESULTS: This study included 187 patients. Seven patients had a chronic disease course, 180 patients had a recurrent disease course. The median age at disease onset was 4.3 years. Patients had a median of 12 episodes per year, with a median duration of 4 days. Most commonly reported symptoms were arthralgia (n=113), myalgia (n=86), abdominal pain (n=89), fatigue (n=111), malaise (n=104) and mucocutaneous manifestations (n=128). In 24 patients, relatives were affected as well. In 15 patients, genetic variants were found in autoinflammatory genes. Patients with genetic variants more often had affected relatives compared with patients without genetic variants (p=0.005). Most patients responded well to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, colchicine and anakinra. Complete remission was rarely achieved with NSAIDs alone. Notable patterns were found in patients with distinctive symptoms. Patients with pericarditis (n=11) were older at disease onset (33.8 years) and had fewer episodes per year (3.0/year) compared with other patients. Patients with an intellectual impairment (n=8) were younger at disease onset (2.2 years) and often had relatives affected (28.6%). CONCLUSION: This study describes the clinical characteristics of a large cohort of patients with undefined SAIDs. Among these, patients with pericarditis and intellectual impairment appear to comprise distinct subsets.

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Pediatr Rheumatol Online J ; 17(1): 36, 2019 Jul 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31287007

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BACKGROUND: Cryopyrin-associated periodic syndrome (CAPS) is a rare autoinflammatory disease, caused by gain of function mutation in NLRP3 resulting in excess production of interleukin-1 (IL-1). Canakinumab is a human monoclonal antibody against Interleukin-1 beta (IL-1ß), licensed for the treatment of CAPS. The objective of the study was to describe the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of a canakinumab vial-sharing programme for paediatric patients with CAPS. METHOD: Retrospective case series and clinical service description of a national specially commissioned CAPS clinic at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Effectiveness was assessed using a CAPS disease activity score (DAS) and serum amyloid A protein (SAA). Adverse events were collected to determine safety. The number of canakinumab vials saved was considered when investigating the cost-effectiveness of vial-sharing. RESULTS: Nineteen/20 (95%) of our paediatric patients achieved minimally active clinical disease activity with canakinumab monotherapy; and 75% achieved both minimally active clinical disease and serological remission using a pre-specified definition based on the CAPS DAS and SAA level. Canakinumab was well tolerated, with only one child developing an infection requiring hospitalisation during the study. Canakinumab vial sharing resulted in 117 vials of canakinumab saved over a 24-month period, equating to a direct drug-related cost saving of £1,385,821, and a conservative estimated 5-year cost-saving of £3,464,552.50. CONCLUSION: We provide further evidence for the effectiveness and safety of canakinumab in children with CAPS, and highlight the cost-effectiveness of a vial-sharing programme for this high cost medicine. We suggest that this could have important implications for the delivery of other high cost medicines used in paediatric practice.

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Arthritis Rheumatol ; 71(11): 1955-1963, 2019 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31161734

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OBJECTIVE: To assess long-term efficacy and safety of canakinumab and the response to vaccination in children ages ≤5 years with cryopyrin-associated periodic syndrome (CAPS). METHODS: CAPS patients (ages ≤5 years) received 2 mg/kg canakinumab subcutaneously every 8 weeks; patients with neonatal-onset multisystem inflammatory disease (NOMID) received a starting dose of 4 mg/kg in this open-label trial. Efficacy was evaluated using physician global assessment of disease activity and serum levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) and amyloid A (SAA). Adverse events (AEs) were recorded. Vaccination response was evaluated using postvaccination antibody titers at 4 and 8 weeks after immunization. RESULTS: Of the 17 patients enrolled, 12 (71%) had Muckle-Wells syndrome, 4 (24%) had NOMID, and 1 (6%) had familial cold autoinflammatory syndrome. All 17 patients had a complete response to canakinumab. Disease activity improved according to the physician global assessment, and for 65% of the patients autoinflammatory disease was characterized as "absent" at the end of the study. Median CRP levels decreased over time. No such change was evident in SAA levels. During the extension study, postvaccination antibody titers increased above protective levels in 16 (94%) of 17 assessable vaccinations. Ten of the patients (59%) had AEs suspected to be related to canakinumab; 8 (47%) experienced at least 1 serious AE (SAE). None of the AEs or SAEs required interruption of canakinumab therapy. CONCLUSION: Our findings indicate that canakinumab effectively maintains efficacy through 152 weeks and appears to have no effect on the ability to produce antibodies against standard childhood non-live vaccines. The safety profile of canakinumab was consistent with previous studies, supporting long-term use of canakinumab for CAPS in children ≤5 years of age.

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Clin Exp Rheumatol ; 2019 May 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31172922

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OBJECTIVES: Behçet's syndrome (BS) is a rare multi-system inflammatory disorder. Clinical phenotypic variance across geographical regions is recognised but UK BS patients' variance by age groups and gender has not been studied. This study compares the clinical features of adult and juvenile onset Behçet's Syndrome (JBS) in a UK population. METHODS: Two clinical databases of BS patients were compared. The JBS database was collected at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London (n=46). The adult database was collected at the Hammersmith Hospital, London (n=560). RESULTS: Oro-genital aphthosis had high prevalence in both the JBS and the adult cohort (oral: 97.8% vs. 96.6%, genital: 73.9% vs. 75.7%). The JBS cohort was more likely to have gastrointestinal involvement (21.7% vs. 4.5%, p<0.001) and arthritis (21.7% vs. 9.6%, p=0.021) compared to adults. The JBS cohort was less likely to have eye involvement (4.3% vs. 37%, p<0.001), skin (21.7% vs. 55.4%, p<0.001) and vascular involvement (6.5% vs. 17.5% p=0.063). JBS females had a higher rate of genital aphthosis than JBS males (87.5% vs. 59.1%, p=0.044). Adult females had higher rates of genital (85.2% vs. 64.5%, p<0.001) and oral (99.0% vs. 93.8%, p=0.001) aphthosis than adult males. Adult males were more likely to have ophthalmological (44.9% vs. 30.3%, p<0.001) and vascular (23.0% vs. 12.8%, p=0.002) manifestations than adult females. CONCLUSIONS: UK JBS patients displayed less ocular and skin manifestations compared to the adult BS patients. This information will aid clinicians in diagnosing BS in UK adult and paediatric populations.

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Pediatrics ; 144(1)2019 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31243159

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Coffin-Siris syndrome (CSS) and Nicolaides-Baraitser syndrome (NBS) are 2 overlapping syndromes caused by mutations in genes of the barrier-to-autointegration factor chromatin-remodeling complex, presenting with multiple malformations and intellectual disability. Musculoskeletal changes such as noninflammatory prominence of interphalangeal joints in hands, feet, and, to a lesser extent, knee joints are common in NBS (up to 85%) and also reported in CSS. We present the case of a 7-year-old boy with polyarthritis of several years' duration (without uveitis), developmental delay, microcephaly, and dysmorphic features reminiscent of NBS. Sanger sequencing of the SMARCA2 gene revealed no mutations. Laboratory test results were normal. With synovial biopsy, we confirmed a chronic inflammatory synovitis. Brain MRI revealed dysgenesis of the corpus callosum. Treatment with methotrexate and, subsequently, etanercept led to significant clinical improvement. Whole-exome sequencing revealed a de novo heterozygous nonsense mutation in the ARID1B gene, resulting in a premature stop codon (c.C5404T; p.R1802×), a genotype consistent with CSS. The absence of significantly raised inflammatory markers and a clinical diagnosis of a genetic syndrome associated with noninflammatory joint changes may have contributed to this patient's polyarthritis being missed for several years. We propose that some patients with CSS may have inflammatory arthritis (with or without coexisting skeletal dysplasia), which may be helped by treatment as described herein. Early recognition and treatment of inflammatory arthritis in CSS would have a significant impact on reducing disease burden and improving quality of life for patients with this rare genetic syndrome.

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Ann Rheum Dis ; 78(8): 1025-1032, 2019 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31018962

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BACKGROUND: Different diagnostic and classification criteria are available for hereditary recurrent fevers (HRF)-familial Mediterranean fever (FMF), tumour necrosis factor receptor-associated periodic fever syndrome (TRAPS), mevalonate kinase deficiency (MKD) and cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes (CAPS)-and for the non-hereditary, periodic fever, aphthosis, pharyngitis and adenitis (PFAPA). We aimed to develop and validate new evidence-based classification criteria for HRF/PFAPA. METHODS: Step 1: selection of clinical, laboratory and genetic candidate variables; step 2: classification of 360 random patients from the Eurofever Registry by a panel of 25 clinicians and 8 geneticists blinded to patients' diagnosis (consensus ≥80%); step 3: statistical analysis for the selection of the best candidate classification criteria; step 4: nominal group technique consensus conference with 33 panellists for the discussion and selection of the final classification criteria; step 5: cross-sectional validation of the novel criteria. RESULTS: The panellists achieved consensus to classify 281 of 360 (78%) patients (32 CAPS, 36 FMF, 56 MKD, 37 PFAPA, 39 TRAPS, 81 undefined recurrent fever). Consensus was reached for two sets of criteria for each HRF, one including genetic and clinical variables, the other with clinical variables only, plus new criteria for PFAPA. The four HRF criteria demonstrated sensitivity of 0.94-1 and specificity of 0.95-1; for PFAPA, criteria sensitivity and specificity were 0.97 and 0.93, respectively. Validation of these criteria in an independent data set of 1018 patients shows a high accuracy (from 0.81 to 0.98). CONCLUSION: Eurofever proposes a novel set of validated classification criteria for HRF and PFAPA with high sensitivity and specificity.

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Br J Clin Pharmacol ; 85(8): 1790-1797, 2019 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31026092

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AIMS: Rituximab is a chimeric IgG-1 monoclonal antibody that depletes B cells, aiding in the treatment of several conditions including autoimmune diseases. It is not licensed for use in children. This study aimed to quantify the B cell-related pharmacodynamics of rituximab in children with autoimmune disease. METHODS: Routine electronic health record data were collected at a large paediatric tertiary hospital in London, UK. Dosing protocols were either 2 × 750 mg/m2 intravenous infusions of rituximab on days 1 and 15, or 4 × 375 mg/m2 infusions on days 1, 8, 15 and 22. Rituximab pharmacokinetics (PK) were not measured but CD19+ lymphocyte counts were taken before and after rituximab treatment. A dose-response model was constructed describing the life cycle of CD19+ lymphocytes, with rituximab assumed to increase the death rate. Rituximab effect was assumed to decay by first-order kinetics. RESULTS: In total, 258 measurements of CD19+ lymphocyte counts were collected from 39 children with 8 autoimmune diseases. The elimination rate constant (% relative standard error) of rituximab effect decay was 0.036 (22.7%) days-1 and CD19+ turnover was 0.02 (41%) days-1 corresponding to half-lives of 19 and 35 days respectively. Rituximab increased CD19+ death rate 35-fold, with methotrexate and cyclophosphamide associated with further increases. Simulations suggested that a single infusion of 750 mg/m2 provides similar 6-month suppression of CD19+ lymphocytes to current dosing. CONCLUSIONS: Rituximab pharmacodynamics (PD) in paediatric autoimmune diseases has been described. Compared with rituximab alone, the additional effect of methotrexate or cyclophosphamide was statistically significant but small.

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Rheumatology (Oxford) ; 58(9): 1607-1616, 2019 Sep 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30879080

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OBJECTIVES: IgA vasculitis (IgAV, formerly known as Henoch-Schönlein purpura) is the most common cause of systemic vasculitis in childhood. To date, there are no internationally agreed, evidence-based guidelines concerning the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of IgAV in children. Accordingly, treatment regimens differ widely. The European initiative SHARE (Single Hub and Access point for paediatric Rheumatology in Europe) aims to optimize care for children with rheumatic diseases. The aim therefore was to provide internationally agreed consensus recommendations for diagnosis and treatment for children with IgAV. METHODS: Recommendations were developed by a consensus process in accordance with the EULAR standard operating procedures. An extensive systematic literature review was performed, and evidence-based recommendations were extrapolated from the included papers. These were evaluated by a panel of 16 international experts via online surveys and subsequent consensus meeting, using nominal group technique. Recommendations were accepted when ⩾80% of experts agreed. RESULTS: In total, 7 recommendations for diagnosis and 19 for treatment of paediatric IgAV were accepted. Diagnostic recommendations included: appropriate use of skin and renal biopsy, renal work-up and imaging. Treatment recommendations included: the importance of appropriate analgesia and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor use and non-renal indications for CS use, as well as a structured approach to treating IgAV nephritis, including appropriate use of CS and second-line agents in mild, moderate and severe disease along with use of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and maintenance therapy. CONCLUSION: The SHARE initiative provides international, evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of IgAV that will facilitate improvement and uniformity of care.

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Rheumatology (Oxford) ; 58(7): 1188-1195, 2019 Jul 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30668879

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OBJECTIVES: To provide an overview of the paediatric rheumatology (PR) services in Europe, describe current delivery of care and training, set standards for care, identify unmet needs and inform future specialist service provision. METHODS: An online survey was developed and presented to national coordinating centres of the Paediatric Rheumatology International Trials Organisation (PRINTO) (country survey) and to individual PR centres (centre and disease surveys) as a part of the European Union (EU) Single Hub and Access point for paediatric Rheumatology in Europe project. The survey contained components covering the organization of PR care, composition of teams, education, health care and research facilities and assessment of needs. RESULTS: Response rates were 29/35 (83%) for country surveys and 164/288 (57%) for centre surveys. Across the EU, approximately one paediatric rheumatologist is available per million population. In all EU member states there is good access to specialist care and medications, although biologic drug availability is worse in Eastern European countries. PR education is widely available for physicians but is insufficient for allied health professionals. The ability to participate in clinical trials is generally high. Important gaps were identified, including lack of standardized clinical guidelines/recommendations and insufficient adolescent transition management planning. CONCLUSION: This study provides a comprehensive description of current specialist PR service provision across Europe and did not reveal any major differences between EU member states. Rarity, chronicity and complexity of diseases are major challenges to PR care. Future work should facilitate the development, dissemination and implementation of standards of care, treatment and service recommendations to further improve patient-centred health care across Europe.

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Ann Rheum Dis ; 78(3): 399-405, 2019 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30612116

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OBJECTIVES: Cyclophosphamide induction regimens are effective for antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV), but are associated with infections, malignancies and infertility. Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) has shown high remission rates in small studies of AAV. METHODS: We conducted a randomised controlled trial to investigate whether MMF was non-inferior to cyclophosphamide for remission induction in AAV. 140 newly diagnosed patients were randomly assigned to MMF or pulsed cyclophosphamide. All patients received the same oral glucocorticoid regimen and were switched to azathioprine following remission. The primary endpoint was remission by 6 months requiring compliance with the tapering glucocorticoid regimen. Patients with an eGFR <15 mL/min were excluded from the study. RESULTS: At baseline, ANCA subtype, disease activity and organ involvement were similar between groups. Non-inferiority was demonstrated for the primary remission endpoint, which occurred in 47 patients (67%) in the MMF group and 43 patients (61%) in the cyclophosphamide group (risk difference 5.7%, 90% CI -7.5% to 19%). Following remission, more relapses occurred in the MMF group (23 patients, 33%) compared with the cyclophosphamide group (13 patients, 19%) (incidence rate ratio 1.97, 95% CI 0.96 to 4.23, p=0.049). In MPO-ANCA patients, relapses occurred in 12% of the cyclophosphamide group and 15% of the MMF group. In PR3-ANCA patients, relapses occurred in 24% of the cyclophosphamide group and 48% of the MMF group. Serious infections were similar between groups (26% MMF group, 17% cyclophosphamide group) (OR 1.67, 95% CI 0.68 to 4.19, p=0.3). CONCLUSION: MMF was non-inferior to cyclophosphamide for remission induction in AAV, but resulted in higher relapse rate. TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: NCT00414128.


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Vasculite Associada a Anticorpo Anticitoplasma de Neutrófilos/tratamento farmacológico , Ciclofosfamida/uso terapêutico , Imunossupressores/uso terapêutico , Quimioterapia de Indução/métodos , Ácido Micofenólico/uso terapêutico , Adolescente , Adulto , Azatioprina/uso terapêutico , Criança , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Recidiva , Resultado do Tratamento
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