Send to

Choose Destination
Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Mar;95(11):e3027. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000003027.

Observational Study of a French and Belgian Multicenter Cohort of 23 Patients Diagnosed in Adulthood With Mevalonate Kinase Deficiency.

Author information

From the Internal Medicine Department, Edouard Herriot Hospital, Lyon (C-AD, BC, JN, M-HG-M, AH); Internal Medicine Department, Côte de Nacre Hospital, Caen (AA, BB, SD); Medicine and Rheumatology Department, Saint-Louis Hospital, La Rochelle (BG); Inborn Errors of Metabolism Laboratory, Civil Hospital of Lyon, Bron (CA-B); Internal Medicine Department, Claude Huriez Hospital, Lille (EH, P-YH); Polyvalent Medicine Department, Cornouaille Hospital Center, Quimper (FL, PH); Autoinflammatory Diseases Medical Unit, Arnaud Villeuneuve Hospital, Montpellier (IT); Nephrology Department, Metropole Savoie Hospital Center, Chambéry (J-BP); Rheumatology Department, Louis Pasteur Hospital, Colmar (LM); Hematology Department, Arras Hospital Center, Arras, France (MB); Internal Medicine Department, Sart Tilman, Liège, Belgique (MM); Dermatology and Allergology Department, Saint-Eloi Hospital, Montpellier (NR-P); Internal Medicine Department, Saint-André Hospital, Bordeaux (PD); Nephrology Department, Lyon Sud Hospital Center, Pierre-Bénite (PT); Hematology Department, Princesse Grace Hospital Center, Monaco (PH); Internal Medicine Department, Saint-Vincent Hospital Center, Strasbourg (RC); Rheumatology Department, Charles Nicole Hospital, Rouen (TL); Department of Pediatrics, Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital, Paris (VB); Diabetology and Internal Medicine Department, Blois Hospital Center, Blois (VL); Internal Medicine Department, Bocage Central, Dijon (SA); Service de Biostatistique, Hospices civiles de Lyon, Université de Lyon 1, Villeurbanne; CNRS, UMR5558, Laboratoire de Biométrie et Biologie Evolutive, Equipe Biostatistique-Santé, Villeurbanne (DM-B); and Department of Biochemical Genetics, Hospital and Institut Cochin, Paris (LC), France.


The aim of this study was to describe the clinical and biological features of Mevalonate kinase deficiency (MKD) in patients diagnosed in adulthood. This is a French and Belgian observational retrospective study from 2000 to 2014. To constitute the cohort, we cross-check the genetic and biochemical databases. The clinical, enzymatic, and genetic data were gathered from medical records. Twenty-three patients were analyzed. The mean age at diagnosis was 40 years, with a mean age at onset of symptoms of 3 years. All symptomatic patients had fever. Febrile attacks were mostly associated with arthralgia (90.9%); lymphadenopathy, abdominal pain, and skin lesions (86.4%); pharyngitis (63.6%); cough (59.1%); diarrhea, and hepatosplenomegaly (50.0%). Seven patients had psychiatric symptoms (31.8%). One patient developed recurrent seizures. Three patients experienced renal involvement (13.6%). Two patients had angiomyolipoma (9.1%). All but one tested patients had elevated serum immunoglobulin (Ig) D level. Twenty-one patients had genetic diagnosis; most of them were compound heterozygote (76.2%). p.Val377Ile was the most prevalent mutation. Structural articular damages and systemic AA amyloidosis were the 2 most serious complications. More than 65% of patients displayed decrease in severity and frequency of attacks with increasing age, but only 35% achieved remission. MKD diagnosed in adulthood shared clinical and genetic features with classical pediatric disease. An elevated IgD concentration is a good marker for MKD in adults. Despite a decrease of severity and frequency of attacks with age, only one-third of patients achieved spontaneous remission.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Wolters Kluwer Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center