Ann Rheum Dis doi:10.1136/ard.2008.089599

Recurrence of spondylarthropathy among first-degree relatives of patients, a systematic cross-sectional study

  1. Emmanuelle Dernis (edernis{at}
  1. Hôpital Cochin, Paris, France
    1. Roula Said-Nahal (roula.said-nahal{at}
    1. Hôpital Ambroise Paré, Boulogne-Billancourt, France
      1. Maria-Antonietta D'Agostino (maria-antonietta.dagostino{at}
      1. Hôpital Ambroise Paré, Boulogne-Billancourt, France
        1. Philippe Aegerter (philippe.aegerter{at}
        1. Hôpital Ambroise Paré, Boulogne-Billancourt, France
          1. Maxime Dougados (maxime.dougados{at}
          1. Hôpital Cochin, Paris, France
            1. Maxime Breban (maxime.breban{at}
            1. Hôpital Ambroise Paré, Boulogne-Billancourt, France
              • Published Online First 15 April 2008


              Objective: To examine recurrence of manifestations belonging to the spectrum of spondylarthropathy (SpA) in first-degree relatives of SpA patients, and to estimate recurrence risk ratio.

              Methods: Parents and siblings of consecutive SpA probands have been thoroughly investigated, including clinical data collection, pelvic x-ray and HLA-B27 status determination. The diagnosis of SpA was made according to European Spondylarthropathy Study Group and/or Amor's criteria. The recurrence risk ratio λ1, which gives an estimate of the weight of genetic factors was calculated as the ratio of the recurrence risk of SpA in first-degree relatives, compared with the population prevalence of SpA. The λnon-HLA was obtained by similar calculations restricted to HLA-B27+ individuals.

              Results: Most manifestations of SpA were more frequent among the 157 HLA-B27+ relatives of 83 probands, than among their 111 HLA-B27- relatives. A diagnosis of SpA was made in 50 relatives of 31 (37%) probands. Recurrence was very similar between parents and siblings, without gender difference, resulting in overall recurrence risk of 12% in first-degree relatives, and of 22.7% in HLA-B27+ relatives. The λ1 value was 40, and the λnon-HLA value was 6.5, very close to the λHLA value of 6.25 estimated from linkage study in SpA.

              Conclusions: Similar recurrence risk of SpA was observed between parents and siblings, consistent with a model of inheritance with no dominance variance, and without sex influence. The weight of non-HLA genetic component was equivalent to that estimated for the HLA locus, and fitted a model of multiplicative interaction between HLA, and non-HLA genetic components.

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