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Epilepsy Res. 2010 Dec;92(2-3):226-30. doi: 10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2010.10.006. Epub 2010 Nov 10.

Association study of lamotrigine-induced cutaneous adverse reactions and HLA-B*1502 in a Han Chinese population.

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Department of Neurology, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan Province 610041, China.


Antiepileptic drugs including lamotrigine (LTG) and carbamazepine (CBZ) are among the most common causes of cutaneous adverse reactions (cADRs). Human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-B*1502 has been strongly associated with CBZ-induced Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis (SJS/TEN). To investigate this relationship, we performed high-resolution HLA genotyping on LTG-tolerant controls, healthy volunteers, and patients affected by LTG-induced cADRs, ranging from maculopapular exanthema (MPE) to SJS/TEN. Patients with LTG-induced cADRs (n=25, including three with SJS/TEN and 22 with MPE), 21 LTG-tolerant controls, and 71 healthy volunteers were enrolled. The differences in the starting dosage of LTG among the SJS/TEN, MPE, and LTG-tolerant control groups were not statistically significant. HLA-B*1502 frequency was 33.3% (1/3; LTG-induced SJS/TEN group), 9.1% (2/22; LTG-induced MPE group), 4.8% (1/21; LTG-tolerant group), and 8.5% (6/71; healthy volunteers). There was no significant difference in the frequency of subjects with the HLA-B*1502 allele between the SJS/TEN group and LTG-tolerant group (p=0.239, OR=10.0, 95% CI 0.44-228.7), and healthy volunteers (p=0.26, OR=5.42, 95% CI 0.43-68.8), MPE and LTG-tolerant groups (p=1.0, OR=1.08, 95% CI 0.20-5.8), and healthy volunteers (p=1.0, OR=2.0, 95% CI 0.17-23.9). None of the HLA alleles detected were associated with LTG-induced cADRs. In conclusion, HLA-B*1502 and other HLA alleles are not directly associated with LTG-induced MPE. The possibility that HLA-B*1502 is associated with an increased risk of LTG-induced SJS/TEN could not be excluded.

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