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Clin Rheumatol ; 2020 Jan 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31916109


Although several genetic associations with scleroderma (SSc) are defined, very little is known on genetic susceptibility to SSc-associated interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD). A number of common polymorphisms have been associated with SSc-ILD, but most have not been replicated in separate populations. Four SNPs in IRF5, and one in each of STAT4, CD226 and IRAK1, selected as having been previously the most consistently associated with SSc-ILD, were genotyped in 612 SSc patients, of European descent, of whom 394 had ILD. The control population (n = 503) comprised individuals of European descent from the 1000 Genomes Project. After Bonferroni correction, two of the IRF5 SNPs, rs2004640 (OR (95% CI)1.30 (1.10-1.54), pcorr = 0.015) and rs10488631 (OR 1.48 (1.14-1.92), pcorr = 0.022), and the STAT4 SNP rs7574865 (OR 1.43 (1.18-1.73), pcorr = 0.0015) were significantly associated with SSc compared with controls. However, none of the SNPs were significantly different between patients with SSc-ILD and controls. Two SNPs in IRF5, rs10488631 (OR 1.72 (1.24-2.39), pcorr = 0.0098), and rs2004640 (OR 1.39 (1.11-1.75), pcorr = 0.03), showed a significant difference in allele frequency between controls and patients without ILD, as did STAT4 rs7574865 (OR 1.86 (1.45-2.38), pcorr = 6.6 × 10-6). A significant difference between SSc with and without ILD was only observed for STAT4 rs7574865, being less frequent in patients with ILD (OR 0.66 (0.51-0.85), pcorr = 0.0084). In conclusion, IRF5 rs2004640 and rs10488631, and STAT4 rs7574865 were significantly associated with SSc as a whole. Only STAT4 rs7574865 showed a significant difference in allele frequency in SSc-ILD, with the T allele being protective against ILD.Key points• We confirm the associations of the IRF5 SNPs rs2004640 and rs10488631, and the STAT4 SNP rs7574865, with SSc as a whole.• None of the tested SNPs were risk factors for SSc-ILD specifically.• The STAT4 rs7574865 T allele was protective against the development of lung fibrosis in SSc patients.• Further work is required to understand the genetic basis of lung fibrosis in association with scleroderma.

Chest ; 157(1): 89-98, 2020 Jan.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31351047


BACKGROUND: Patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD) may develop pulmonary hypertension (PH), often disproportionate to the severity of the ILD. The right ventricular to left ventricular diameter (RV:LV) ratio measured at CT pulmonary angiogram (CTPA) has been shown to provide valuable information in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension and to predict death or deterioration in acute pulmonary embolism. METHODS: Demographic characteristics, ILD subtype, echocardiography, and detailed CTPA measurements were collected in consecutive patients undergoing both CTPA and right heart catheterization at the Royal Brompton Hospital between 2005 and 2015. Fibrosis severity was formally scored according to CT criteria. The RV:LV ratio at CTPA was evaluated by using three different methods. Cox proportional hazards analysis was used to assess the relation of CTPA-derived parameters to predict death or lung transplantation. RESULTS: A total of 92 patients were included (64% male; mean age 65 ± 11 years) with an FVC 57 ± 20% predicted, corrected transfer factor of the lung for carbon monoxide 22 ± 8% predicted, and corrected transfer coefficient of the lung for carbon monoxide 51 ± 17% predicted. PH was confirmed at right heart catheterization in 78%. Of all the CTPA-derived measures, an RV:LV ratio ≥ 1.0 strongly predicted mortality or transplantation at univariate analysis (hazard ratio, 3.26; 95% CI, 1.49-7.13; P = .003), whereas invasive hemodynamic data did not. The RV:LV ratio remained an independent predictor at multivariate analysis (hazard ratio, 3.19; 95% CI, 1.44-7.10; P = .004), adjusting for an ILD diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and CT imaging-derived ILD severity. CONCLUSIONS: An increased RV:LV ratio measured at CTPA provides a simple, noninvasive method of risk stratification in patients with suspected ILD-PH. This should prompt closer follow-up, more aggressive treatment, and consideration of lung transplantation.

ERJ Open Res ; 5(4)2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31687368


Our study presents findings on a previously developed standard set of clinical outcome data for pulmonary sarcoidosis patients. We aimed to assess whether changes in outcome varied between the different centres and to evaluate the feasibility of collecting the standard set retrospectively. This retrospective observational comparative benchmark study included six interstitial lung disease expert centres based in the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK and the USA. The standard set of outcome measures included 1) mortality, 2) changes in pulmonary function (forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory volume in 1 s, diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide), 3) soluble interleukin-2 receptor (sIL-2R) change, 4) weight changes, 5) quality-of-life (QoL) measures, 6) osteoporosis and 7) clinical outcome status (COS). Data collection was considered feasible if the data were collected in ≥80% of all patients. 509 patients were included in the retrospective cohort. In total six patients died, with a mean survival of 38±23.4 months after the diagnosis. Centres varied in mean baseline FVC, ranging from 110 (95% CI 92-124)% predicted to 99 (95% CI 97-123)% pred. Mean baseline body mass index (BMI) of patients in the different centres varied between 27 (95% CI 23.6-29.4) kg·m-2 and 31.8 (95% CI 28.1-35.6) kg·m-2. 310 (60.9%) patients were still on systemic therapy 2 years after the diagnosis. It was feasible to measure mortality, changes in pulmonary function, weight changes and COS. It is not (yet) feasible to retrospectively collect sIL-2R, osteoporosis and QoL data internationally. This study shows that data collection for the standard set of outcome measures for pulmonary sarcoidosis was feasible for four out of seven outcome measures. Trends in pulmonary function and BMI were similar for different hospitals when comparing different practices.

Respir Med ; 139: 72-78, 2018 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29858005


BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in sarcoidosis. We established a multi-national registry of sarcoidosis associated PH (SAPH) patients. METHODS: Sarcoidosis patients with PH confirmed by right heart catheterization (RHC) were studied. Patients with pulmonary artery wedge pressure (PAWP) of 15 mmHg or less and a mean pulmonary artery pressure (mPAP) ≥ 25 Hg were subsequently analyzed. Data collected included hemodynamics, forced vital capacity (FVC), diffusion capacity of carbon monoxide (DLCO), chest x-ray, and 6-min walk distance (6MWD). RESULTS: A total of 176 patients were analyzed. This included 84 (48%) cases identified within a year of entry into the registry and 94 (53%) with moderate to severe PH. There was a significant correlation between DLCO percent predicted (% pred) andmPAP (Rho = -0.228, p = 0.0068) and pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) (Rho = -0.362, p < 0.0001). PVR was significantly higher in stage 4 disease than in stage 0 or 1 disease (p < 0.05 for both comparisons). About two-thirds of the SAPH patients came from the United States (US). There was a significant difference in the rate of treatment between US (67.5%) versus non-US (86%) (Chi Square 11.26, p = 0.0008) sites. CONCLUSIONS: The clinical features of SAPH were similar across multiple centers in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. The severity of SAPH was related to reduced DLCO. There were treatment differences between the US and non-US centers.

Hipertensão Pulmonar/fisiopatologia , Sarcoidose Pulmonar/complicações , Sarcoidose Pulmonar/fisiopatologia , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Cateterismo Cardíaco , Europa (Continente) , Feminino , Hemodinâmica , Humanos , Hipertensão Pulmonar/diagnóstico por imagem , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Oriente Médio , Sistema de Registros , Sarcoidose Pulmonar/diagnóstico por imagem , Sarcoidose Pulmonar/etiologia , Estados Unidos , Capacidade Vital , Teste de Caminhada , Raios X
Curr Opin Pulm Med ; 21(5): 538-45, 2015 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26176968


PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To highlight recent advances of imaging modalities with focus on interstitial lung disease, pulmonary vascular disease and cardiac involvement of sarcoidosis. The contribution of key imaging features to the assessment of disease activity and their impact in the prognostic evaluation and management of sarcoidosis are also described. RECENT FINDINGS: Imaging plays a central role in the management of patients with sarcoidosis, particularly in the diagnosis and monitoring of disease activity. The correlation of the severity and extent of organ involvement with inflammatory activity helps guide the clinician in determining the optimal treatment strategy for the patient and may also provide prognostic information. The emergence of cardiac MRI and fluoro-deoxyglucose positron emission tomography has enabled an improved understanding of the pathophysiology of sarcoidosis, particularly in relation to cardiac involvement and pulmonary vascular manifestations. SUMMARY: In many patients with pulmonary sarcoidosis, a confident diagnosis can be made based on clinical and imaging features, without the need for histological sampling. In cardiac sarcoidosis, advanced imaging modalities have an increasing role in the identification of active disease, risk stratification and optimal management.

Cardiopatias/diagnóstico , Sarcoidose/diagnóstico , Cardiopatias/fisiopatologia , Humanos , Imagem por Ressonância Magnética/métodos , Imagem Multimodal , Tomografia por Emissão de Pósitrons/métodos , Prognóstico , Sarcoidose Pulmonar/diagnóstico , Sarcoidose Pulmonar/fisiopatologia