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Antimyeloperoxidase antibodies are a useful marker of disease activity in antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitides
  1. B Terrier1,
  2. D Saadoun1,5,
  3. D Sène1,
  4. P Ghillani2,
  5. Z Amoura1,
  6. G Deray3,
  7. B Fautrel4,
  8. J-C Piette1,5,
  9. P Cacoub1,5
  1. 1
    Department of Internal Medicine, Groupe Hospitalier Pitié-Salpétrière, Paris, France
  2. 2
    Department of Immunology, Groupe Hospitalier Pitié-Salpétrière, Paris, France
  3. 3
    Department of Nephrology, Groupe Hospitalier Pitié-Salpétrière, Paris, France
  4. 4
    Department of Rheumatology, Groupe Hospitalier Pitié-Salpétrière, Paris, France
  5. 5
    CNRS UMR 7087 Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
  1. Correspondence to Professor P Cacoub, Department of Internal Medicine, Groupe Hospitalier Pitié-Salpétrière, 47 boulevard de l’Hôpital, 75013 Paris, France; patrice.cacoub{at}


Objective: To evaluate the relevance of monitoring antimyeloperoxidase antibody levels in the management of antimyeloperoxidase-associated vasculitides.

Methods: Thirty-eight patients with antimyeloperoxidase-associated vasculitides were included: microscopic polyangiitis (n  =  18), Wegener’s granulomatosis (n  =  15) and Churg–Strauss syndrome (n  =  5). Baseline characteristics and outcomes were recorded. Serial measurements of antimyeloperoxidase antibody levels were performed (ELISA, positive ⩾20 IU/ml).

Results: All patients achieved vasculitis remission after a mean time of 2.0 months (SD 0.9), with a significant decrease in the mean antimyeloperoxidase antibody level at remission (478 vs 41 IU/ml (SD 598 vs 100); p<0.001). Twenty-eight (74%) patients became antimyeloperoxidase antibody negative. After a mean follow-up of 54 months (SD 38), 12 cases of clinical relapse occurred in 11/38 (29%) patients. Relapses were associated with an increase in antimyeloperoxidase antibody levels in 10/11 (91%) patients (34 vs 199 IU/ml (88 vs 314); p = 0.002). The reappearance of antimyeloperoxidase antibodies after achieving negative levels was significantly associated with relapse (odds ratio 117; 95% CI 9.4 to 1450; p<0.001). Antimyeloperoxidase antibodies showed a positive predictive value of 90% and a negative predictive value of 94% for relapse of vasculitis. Up to 60% of cases of relapse occurred less than 12 months after the reappearance of antimyeloperoxidase antibodies. Relapse-free survival was significantly worse for patients who exhibited a reappearance of antimyeloperoxidase antibodies than in those with persistent negative antimyeloperoxidase antibodies (p<0.001). The antimyeloperoxidase antibodies serum level was strongly correlated with the Birmingham vasculitis activity score and the disease extent index (r  =  +0.49; p = 0.002).

Conclusion: Through monitoring, antimyeloperoxidase antibodies are a useful marker of disease activity and a good predictor of relapse in antimyeloperoxidase-associated vasculitides.

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