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Gastroenterology and Hepatology - Hematology

Alteration of Liver Enzymes Is a Feature of the Myh9-Related Disease Syndrome
Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Author: Alessandro Pecci et al.

by Alessandro Pecci, Ginevra Biino, Tiziana Fierro, Valeria Bozzi, Annamaria Mezzasoma, Patrizia Noris, Ugo Ramenghi, Giuseppe Loffredo, Fabrizio Fabris, Stefania Momi, Umberto Magrini, Mario Pirastu, Anna Savoia, Carlo Balduini, Paolo Gresele, for the Italian Registry for MYH9-releated diseases

Background

MYH9-related disease (MYH9-RD) is a rare autosomal dominant genetic syndrome characterized by congenital thrombocytopenia associated with the risk of developing progressive nephropathy, sensorineural deafness, and presenile cataract. During the collection of a large case-series of patients with MYH9-RD we noticed several cases with unexplained elevation of liver enzymes. Our aim was to evaluate if the alteration of liver tests is a feature of the MYH9-RD and to define its clinical significance.

Methods and Findings

Data concerning liver tests, prospectively recorded in the Italian Registry for MYH9-RD, were collected and compared with those of three control populations: patients with autoimmune thrombocytopenia, patients with inherited thrombocytopenias other than MYH9-RD, and the participants to a large epidemiologic survey in an Italian geographic isolate. Thirty-eight of 75 evaluable MYH9-RD patients (50.7%) showed an elevation of ALT and/or AST, and 17 of 63 (27.0%) an increase of GGT. The increases ranged from 1.9±0.7 to 2.7±1.6 fold the upper normal limit. The prevalence of liver test alterations was significantly higher in MYH9-RD patients than in each of the control populations, with odds ratios ranging from 8.2 (95% CIs 2.2–44.8) to 24.7 (14.8–40.8). Clinical follow-up and more detailed liver studies of a subset of patients, including ultrasound liver scan, liver elastography and liver biopsy in one case, did not show any significant structural damage or evolution towards liver insufficiency.

Conclusions

Elevation of liver enzymes is a frequent and previously unrecognized feature of the MYH9-RD syndrome; however, this defect does not appear to have poor prognostic value.

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