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FRI0587 Different factors are related to recurrence of existing organ involvement and new development of organ involvement in igg4-related disease
  1. I Mizushima,
  2. S Tsuge,
  3. Y Fujisawa,
  4. S Hara,
  5. F Suzuki,
  6. K Ito,
  7. H Fujii,
  8. K Yamada,
  9. M Kawano
  1. Division of Rheumatology, Kanazawa University Hospital, Kanazawa, Kanazawa, Japan


Background IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD) is a recently recognized systemic inflammatory disorder that can affect many organs [1]. In IgG4-RD, relapse including recurrence of existing organ involvement (REOI) and new development of organ involvement (NDOI) easily occurs during the clinical course, and its predictors have been suggested [2, 3]. However, differences between risk factors of REOI and those of NDOI have not been clarified.

Objectives This study aimed to clarify the respective risk factors of REOI and NDOI in IgG4-RD.

Methods We retrospectively investigated factors related to REOI and NDOI in 86 IgG4-RD patients whose follow-up period was more than 12 months. For assessment of factors related to REOI and NDOI, we performed uni- and multivariate Cox regression analysis. On stepwise multivariate analysis, we applied the variables with P<0.1 in univariate analysis and the predictors of relapse suggested in past reports (age, sex, serum IgG4, IgG, and IgE levels, eosinophil counts, and RF positivity) [2, 3], and used the forward selection method (including factors presenting with P<0.05).

Results The patients comprised 57 men and 29 women (mean age 65.9 years). Mean follow-up period was 63.1 months (range 14–150). At diagnosis, their mean serum IgG4 level was 718 mg/dL (range 10.7–3,610). Seventy-one patients were treated with glucocorticoid (GC). REOI was detected at 52.3 months (range 1.0–120) after the diagnosis in 20 patients, including 4 not receiving GC at that time. On the other hand, NDOI was detected at 37.6 months (range 5.0–120) after the diagnosis in 15 patients, including 8 not receiving GC then. In multivariate Cox regression analysis, blood eosinophil counts [per 100/μL, hazard ratio (HR) 1.072, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.018–1.129, P=0.008] and continuation of GC (vs discontinuation or observation without GC, HR 0.245, 95% CI 0.076–0.793, P=0.019) had a significant impact on the time to NDOI, whereas age (per year, HR 0.942, 95% CI 0.899–0.986, P=0.011) and ANA positivity (vs negativity, HR 6.632, 95% CI 1.892–23.255, P=0.003) had a significant impact on the time to REOI.

Conclusions The present study suggests that the risk factors of REOI and NDOI in IgG4-RD are different.


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  2. Yamamoto M et al. Identification of relapse predictors in IgG4-related disease using multivariate analysis of clinical data at the first visit and initial treatment. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2015 Jan;54(1):45–9.

  3. Wallace ZS et al. Predictors of disease relapse in IgG4-related disease following rituximab. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2016 Jun;55(6):1000–8.


Disclosure of Interest None declared

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