Session Type: ACR Concurrent Abstract Session
Session Time: 4:30PM-6:00PM
Background/Purpose: To evaluate the influence of the main immunological markers on the disease phenotype at diagnosis in a large international cohort of patients with primary Sjögren’s syndrome (SjS).
Methods: The Big Data Sjögren Project Consortium is an international, multicentre registry created in 2014. As a first step, baseline clinical information from leading centres on clinical research in SjS of the 5 continents was collected. The centres shared a harmonized data architecture and conducted cooperative online efforts in order to refine collected data under the coordination of a big data statistical team. Inclusion criteria were the fulfilment of the 2002 classification criteria. Immunological tests were carried out using standard commercial assays.
Results: By January 2018, the participant centres had included 10,500 valid patients from 23 countries. The cohort included 9,806 (93%) women and 694 (7%) men, with a mean age at diagnosis of primary SjS of 53 years, mainly White (78%) and included from European countries (71%). The frequency of positive immunological markers at diagnosis was 79.3% for ANA, 73.2% for anti-Ro, 48.6% for RF, 45.1% for anti-La, 13.4% for low C3 levels, 14.5% for low C4 levels and 7.3% for cryoglobulins. Positive autoantibodies (ANA, Ro, La) correlated with a positive result in salivary gland biopsy, while hypocomplementemia and especially cryoglobulinaemia correlated with systemic activity (mean ESSDAI score of 17.7 for cryoglobulins, 11.3 for low C3 and 9.2 for low C4, in comparison with 3.8 for negative markers). The immunological markers with a great number of statistically-significant associations (p<0.001) in the organ-by-organ ESSDAI evaluation were cryoglobulins (9 domains), low C3 (8 domains), anti-La (7 domains) and low C4 (6 domains).
Conclusion: we confirm the strong influence of immunological markers on the phenotype of primary SjS at diagnosis in the largest multi-ethnic international cohort ever analysed, with a greater influence for cryoglobulinaemic-related markers in comparison with Ro/La autoantibodies and ANA. Immunological patterns play a central role in the phenotypic expression of the disease already at the time of diagnosis, and may guide physicians to design a specific personalized management during the follow-up of patients with primary SjS.
To cite this abstract in AMA style:Retamozo S, Acar-Denizli N, Ng WF, Zeher M, Rasmussen A, Mandl T, Seror R, Li X, Baldini C, Gottenberg JE, Danda D, Quartuccio L, Priori R, Hernandez-Molina G, Armagan B, Kruize AA, Kwok SK, Kvarnström M, Praprotnik S, Sène D, Bartoloni E, Solans R, Rischmueller M, Suzuki Y, Isenberg DA, Valim V, Wiland P, Nordmark G, Fraile G, Bootsma H, Nakamura T, Giacomelli R, Devauchelle-Pensec V, Knopf A, Bombardieri M, Fernandes Trevisani V, Hammenfors DS, Pasoto SG, Gheita TA, Atzeni F, Morel J, Vollenveider C, Horvath IF, Sivils KL, Olsson P, De Vita S, Sánchez-Guerrero J, Kilic L, Wahren-Herlenius M, Mariette X, Ramos-Casals M, Brito-Zerón P. How Immunological Profile Drives Clinical Phenotype of Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome at Diagnosis: Analysis of 10.500 Patients (Sjögren Big Data Project) [abstract]. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2018; 70 (suppl 10). https://acrabstracts.org/abstract/how-immunological-profile-drives-clinical-phenotype-of-primary-sjogrens-syndrome-at-diagnosis-analysis-of-10-500-patients-sjogren-big-data-project/. Accessed January 24, 2022.
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