The outcome of pregnancy in the wives of men with familial mediterranean fever treated with colchicine

Eldad Ben-Chetrit, Yaakov Berkun, Eli Ben-Chetrit, Avraham Ben-Chetrit
Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism 2004, 34 (2): 549-52

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the outcome of pregnancies of normal women married to men with familial Mediterranean fever (FMF), some of whom took colchicine during the conception with their wives.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: We followed the outcome of pregnancies and deliveries of 60 wives of FMF patients; 53 of the husbands were taking colchicine during that time. As a control group we screened the outcome of pregnancy and delivery from 230 healthy women married to healthy men.

RESULTS: The 60 FMF patients- wives had 222 pregnancies, of which 206 ended in term delivery with 209 live births. Sixteen pregnancies ended in spontaneous abortions (7%). Three of the newborns in the study group were born with congenital malformations. In the control group, of 788 pregnancies, 127 ended in abortions (16%). Six of the newborns were born with congenital malformations. The rate of the late abortions (second trimester) in both groups was comparable.

CONCLUSIONS: The results of our study indicates that neither FMF nor colchicine increases the rate of abortions or congenital malformations. Therefore we believe that there is no need to discontinue colchicine treatment in men with FMF before the conception with their wives.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"

We want to hear from doctors like you!

Take a second to answer a survey question.