Anti-beta2-glycoprotein I antibodies in pediatric systemic lupus erythematosus and antiphospholipid syndrome

Emily von Scheven, David V Glidden, Melissa E Elder
Arthritis and Rheumatism 2002, 47 (4): 414-20

OBJECTIVE: To determine whether serum beta2-glycoprotein I antibody (anti-beta2GPI) detection improves identification of pediatric subjects at risk for antiphospholipid syndrome (APS).

METHODS: Serum antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) were identified by anticardiolipin enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), lupus anticoagulant assays, and syphilis screening in children with primary APS, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), or SLE plus APS. Anti-beta2GPI level and isotype were determined by beta2GPI ELISA and correlated with clinical manifestations and other aPL assays.

RESULTS: One hundred-ten subjects under 22 years of age and of mixed ethnicity were evaluated. Fifty-seven had SLE (including 14 with APS), 25 had primary APS, 16 had SLE-like APS, 6 were healthy children with aPL detected incidentally, 4 had other rheumatic diseases and 2 had other conditions. Anti-beta2GPI were detected in 48% of SLE subjects and did not improve aPL detection over standard tests. Anti-beta2GPI were associated with stroke (P = 0.014), but not with other APS manifestations, and were rarely detected in primary APS. Among subjects with APS manifesting as chronic thrombocytopenia, anti-beta(2)GPI distinguished subjects with SLE from those with primary APS.

CONCLUSIONS: With the exception of stroke, anti-beta2GPI detection does not improve identification of pediatric APS over that of traditional aPL assays. Anti-beta2GPI are rare in pediatric primary APS, but may predict evolution of chronic thrombocytopenia to SLE.

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