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  1. S. H. Chang1,
  2. I. A. Choi2,
  3. J. Kim2,
  4. S. W. Lee1,
  5. H. J. Kim3,
  6. H. S. Ahn3
  1. 1Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine Cheonan Hospital, Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, Cheonan, Korea, Rep. of (South Korea)
  2. 2Chungbuk National University Hospital, Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, Chungju, Korea, Rep. of (South Korea)
  3. 3Korea University College of Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Seoul, Korea, Rep. of (South Korea)


Background: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease featured with involvement of sacroiliac joint and starts in the second or third decade of life. Female patients with AS are mostly in childbearing ages. There are several studies of pregnancy outcomes but no studies about their offsprings.

Objectives: The objective of our study was to invetigate the growth and developement of offsprings from AS mothers.

Methods: This is a nationwide population-based case-control study using two South Korean databases that are managed by the National Health Insurance Service (NHIS): (1) the National Health Screening Program for Infants and Children (NHSIC) database, which records screening data of the growth and development of all children; (2) the NHIS database, which covers the entire population and includes comprehensive health claims data. In Korea, the NIH supports patients with 133 rare severe, intractable diseases including AS via a registration system of rare intractable disease (RID). We enrolled subjects born from 2008–2013 who had participated in the NHSIC program at three consecutive times; during 4-6 months (1st), 9-12 months (2nd), either 54-65months or 66-71 months (6th, 7th). The Korean Developmental screening test (K-DST) was used to assess development. By linking maternal and offspring healthcare data through their unique personal identification numbers, we constructed a mother-child database to track the growth of the child. We classified childrens from AS mothers using RID system (ICD code M45.X) and those from non-AS mothers. The primary outcome was to compare the growth and developement of offsprings from AS mothers and those from general popuulation. The secondary outcome was to copare the growth and developement of offsprings from mothers who diagnosed AS before delivery (ante-partum, AS-AP) and those from mothers who diagnosed AS after delivery (postpartum, AS-PP). Low birth weight (LBW) was defined as a birth weight below 2500 g. Growth retardation (GR) was defined as a body wight below 10th percentile according to birth weight reference curves for the south Korean population.

Results: A total of 794,544 subjects were identified. Among those cohort subject, there were 369 subjects with AS mother (124 subjects from AS-AP, 245 subjects from AS-PP) while 794,175 subjects with non-AS mother. Offsprings with LBW were comparable between those from AS mother and non-AS mother (OR 1.3, 95% CI 0.74-2.02). At 4-6 months, an OR of GR was comparable between two groups (OR 1.18, 95% CI 0.72-1.92) but increased at 9-12 months (OR 1.62, 95%CI 1.14-2.31) in infants from AS mothers.This difference disappered at 54-71months (OR 0.24,95% CI 0.87-1.74). An OR of development abnormality (i.e. children needed the further evaluation or the follow-up test by K-DST) was also comparable between two groups (OR 0.94, 95% CI 0.71-1.25). Mothers with AS-AP had as about three times as a higher OR for having babies with LBW than mothers with AS-PP (OR 2.8, 95% CI 1.15-6.86). At 4-6 months, an OR of GR was comparable between two groups (OR 0.59, 95% CI 0.19-1.86) but decreased at 9-12 months (OR 0.39, 95%CI 0.16-0.98) in infants from AS-PP.This difference disappered at 54-71months (OR 0.63,95% CI 0.29-1.39). An OR of development abnormality (i.e. children needed the further evaluation or the follow-up test by K-DST) was also comparable between two groups (OR 1.37, 95% CI 0.77-2.43).

Conclusion: Growth and development of children from AS mothers were comparable with those from non-AS mothers. Although mothers with AS-AP had significantly higher ORs for having LBW babies than those with AS-PP, their growth and development were comparable between two groups in young childhood.

Disclosure of Interests: None declared

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