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P02-015 - A novel MVK mutation in a child with AA amyloid


AA amyloidosis may develop as a consequence of chronic inflammatory conditions including inherited periodic fever syndromes. Mevalonate-kinase (MVK) deficiency (MKD) appears to be the least frequent underlying condition after FMF, TRAPS and CAPS. Moreover, amyloidosis rarely manifests during childhood. We report a case of a small child in whom renal biopsy performed because of the cortico-resistant nephrotic syndrome revealed AA amyloidosis.

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A 4-year old Caucasian girl with negative family history presented with features of nephrotic syndrome in 1/2011. Over the previous 2 years she had been suffering with recurrent episodes of unexplained fever with pharyngitis and lymphadenitis lasting 3 days in 2-4 weekly intervals and received a putative diagnosis of PFAPA (periodic fever, adenitis, pharyngitis, aphtae) syndrome. Despite the increasing frequency of febrile episodes over the last year investigations aimed at excluding monogenic fevers were not performed. In early 2011 her IgD was normal, IgA mildly increased, serum amyoid A (SAA) fluctuated from normal to 200 mg/l. After the standard corticosteroid (CS) treatment of nephrotic syndrome had failed to induce remission after 6 wks, a renal biopsy revealed AA amyloidosis with focal segmental glomerular and vascular involvement. While genetic analysis was pending, Colchicine was added to the CS treatment followed by daily anakinra injections with good response. After a laborious genetic screening to exclude mutations causing FMF, TRAPS and CAPS, following variants in MVK gene were identified: Mutation V377I and a novel deletion in exon 5 C152WfsX6(c.450_453delGGTG). The latter terminates the protein six amino acids after the deletion occurs, effectively making the protein shorter. Within 6 months of the treatment her proteinuria stabilised at protein/creatinine ratio around 23 mg/mmol with normal GFR. So far there have been no other signs of organ involvement. Despite ongoing anakinra therapy she continues to have occasional febrile episodes with temporary increase of proteinuria and SAA which remains below 10 mg/l during afebrile intervals.


MKD/HyperIgD-syndrome has been so far reported in only a few cases of AA-amyloidosis. Our patient has been the youngest one to develop this severe complication. The only other child reported so far was also a compound heterozygote carrying the genotype G326R/V377I. The long-term follow-up with careful SAA serial measurements will tell us more about the prognostic significance of the newly described MVK gene mutation. This case report also underlines the importance of careful differential diagnostic re-evaluation of children presenting with PFAPA-like disease in whom febrile episodes do not show a typical prolongation of afebrile intervals over the time.

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Kolsky, A., Rowczenio, D., Lachmann, H. et al. P02-015 - A novel MVK mutation in a child with AA amyloid. Pediatr Rheumatol 11 (Suppl 1), A122 (2013).

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