Clinical Features at Onset and Genetic Characterization of Pediatric and Adult Patients with TNF- α Receptor - Associated Periodic Syndrome (TRAPS): A Series of 80 Cases from the AIDA Network

Maria Cristina Maggio, Maria Antonietta Mencarelli, Matteo Piga, Elena Verrecchia, Alessandra Soriano, Francesco Caso, Francesco La Torre, Giacomo Emmi, Piero Ruscitti, Antonio Vitale, Davide Montin, Giuseppe Lopalco, Carla Gaggiano, Donato Rigante, Jurgen Sota, Ludovico Luca Sicignano, Masen Abdel Jaber, Viviana Gelardi, Luisa Ciarcia, Virginia BerlengieroOmbretta Viapiana, Antonella Insalaco, Laura Obici, Lorenzo Dagna, Marco Cattalini, Florenzo Iannone, Paola Parronchi, José Hernández-Rodríguez, Bruno Frediani, Raffaele Manna, Rolando Cimaz, Roberto Giacomelli, Giampaolo Merlini, Alessandra Renieri, Salvatore Grosso, Carlo Salvarani, Luca Cantarini

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Abstract

This study explores demographic, clinical, and therapeutic features of tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated periodic syndrome (TRAPS) in a cohort of 80 patients recruited from 19 Italian referral Centers. Patients' data were collected retrospectively and then analyzed according to age groups (disease onset before or after 16 years) and genotype (high penetrance (HP) and low penetrance (LP) TNFRSF1A gene variants). Pediatric- and adult-onset were reported, respectively, in 44 and 36 patients; HP and LP variants were found, respectively, in 32 and 44 cases. A positive family history for recurrent fever was reported more frequently in the pediatric group than in the adult group (p<0.05). With reference to clinical features during attacks, pericarditis and myalgia were reported more frequently in the context of adult-onset disease than in the pediatric age (with p<0.01 and p<0.05, respectively), while abdominal pain was present in 84% of children and in 25% of adults (p<0.01). Abdominal pain was significantly associated also to the presence of HP mutations (p<0.01), while oral aphthosis was more frequently found in the LP variant group (p<0.05). Systemic amyloidosis occurred in 25% of subjects carrying HP variants. As concerns laboratory features, HP mutations were significantly associated to higher ESR values (p<0.01) and to the persistence of steadily elevated inflammatory markers during asymptomatic periods (p<0.05). The presence of mutations involving a cysteine residue, abdominal pain, and lymphadenopathy during flares significantly correlated with the risk of developing amyloidosis and renal impairment. Conversely, the administration of colchicine negatively correlated to the development of pathologic proteinuria (p<0.05). Both NSAIDs and colchicine were used as monotherapy more frequently in the LP group compared to the HP group (p<0.01). Biologic agents were prescribed to 49 (61%) patients; R92Q subjects were more frequently on NSAIDs monotherapy than other patients (p<0.01); nevertheless, they required biologic therapy in 53.1% of cases. At disease onset, the latest classification criteria for TRAPS were fulfilled by 64/80 (80%) patients (clinical plus genetic items) and 46/80 (57.5%) patients (clinical items only). No statistically significant differences were found in the sensitivity of the classification criteria according to age at onset and according to genotype (p<0.05). This study describes one of the widest cohorts of TRAPS patients in the literature, suggesting that the clinical expression of this syndrome is more influenced by the penetrance of the mutation rather than by the age at onset itself. Given the high phenotypic heterogeneity of the disease, a definite diagnosis should rely on both accurate working clinical assessment and complementary genotype.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-12
Numero di pagine12
RivistaMediators of Inflammation
Volume2020
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2020

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  • Immunology
  • Cell Biology

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