The challenge of Immunoglobulin-G Subclass Deficiency and Specific Polysaccharide Antibody Deficiency: A Dutch pediatric cohort study

E.J.H. Schatorjé, E. de Jong, R. van Hout, Y. García Vivas, E. de Vries

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Abstract

Purpose
Immunoglobulin(Ig)G-subclass deficiency and specific polysaccharide antibody deficiency (SPAD) are among the most frequent causes of recurrent respiratory infections in children. Little is known about their prevalence, clinical presentation and prognosis. No study has been published in a Western-European nor in a mainly non-tertiary cohort until now. Therefore, we performed this observational cohort study in children recruited from secondary and tertiary pediatric practices all over The Netherlands.
Methods
Dutch pediatricians were monthly asked to report patients with IgG-subclass deficiency and/or SPAD. Demographic, clinical and laboratory characteristics were collected. Separate informed consent was asked from parents and children (≥12 years of age) for annual update of the medical status.
Results
49 children with confirmed IgG-subclass deficiency and/or SPAD were included. The majority of children (69 %) was reported by four (out of 12) secondary hospitals with a pediatric immunologist in the staff. 45 children had ≥1 low IgG-subclass level and 11 had SPAD. IgG2 deficiency was the most prevalent IgG-subclass deficiency (37/49;76 %). 10 % of these children already showed bronchiectasis. Two-thirds were male (33/49;67 %, p = 0.015). From 10 years of age, only boys were left and only boys showed progressive immunodeficiency during follow-up (11/24; 46 %).
Conclusions
This is the first Western-European mainly non-tertiary cohort of children with IgG-subclass deficiency and/or SPAD. The disease course is not always benign, especially in boys. Most children were reported and managed in secondary hospitals with a pediatric immunologist in the staff. To identify more patients, the awareness of these diseases among general pediatricians should increase.
Keywords: Primary immunodeficiency, antibody deficiency, IgG subclass deficiency, specific polysaccharide antibody deficiency, child
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-148
JournalJournal of Clinical Immunology
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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