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PReS-FINAL-2209: MEFV gene mutations in central and south-eastern European countries


Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is rarely reported in patients from central and south-eastern European countries (CSEE). The reason for this might be that the prevalence of FMF in CSEE is exceedingly low or that the disease is significantly under-recognized among local physicians. Moreover, genetic testing is not available in most of the countries in the region.


The aim of this study was to assess the frequency of MEFV gene mutations in periodic fever patients from CSEE countries.


We analyzed clinical, laboratory and genetic data of MEFV gene of all periodic fever patients who were followed at the University Children's Hospital Ljubljana from the beginning of 2006 to the beginning of 2013. In addition, free genetic testing was provided for suspected FMF patients with periodic fevers from the countries of the CSEE region. Genetic testing was performed in the Genetic laboratory of the University Children's Hospital Ljubljana. All 10 exons and intron/exon regions of MEFV gene were directly sequenced with ABI Prism 310 Genetic analyzer.


In total, 156 periodic fever patients were tested for MEFV gene mutations; 118 from Slovenia, 14 from Czech Republic, 6 from Slovakia, 4 from Croatia, 4 from Romania, 3 from Macedonia, 2 from Serbia, 2 from Hungary, 2 from Latvia and 1 from Lithuania. 73% of the populations were children under the age of 18, mean age at diagnosis was 6.6 years. 27% were adult, mean age at diagnosis was 46.4 years. 53% of patients were female and 47% were male.

31 patients (20%) were found to have at least one mutation. 22 patients have had one mutation only; Slovenia 9/15, Czech Republic 7/8, Slovakia 1/3, Macedonia 2/2, Latvia 1/1, Hungary 1/1 and Croatia 1/1. 8 patients have had two mutations; Slovenia 6/15, Slovakia 1/3, Czech Republic 1/8 and 1 patient from Slovakia has had 3 mutations. Homozygous mutation was found only in one patient from Czech Republic. 1 novel MEVF gene mutation was identified (S730F) in patient from Slovenia.

12 different mutations were found. The 2 most frequently found were M694V (27%) and K695R (22%), followed by P369S (12%), R408Q (12%), I591T (7%), E148Q (5%), E167D (2%), A289V (2%), F479L (2%), V726A (2%), S730F (2%) and A744S (2%).


MEFV gene mutations were identified in 31/156 (20%) patients with periodic fevers from CSEE countries. In order to increase the number of positive results of MEFV genetic testing clinical criteria for FMF diagnosis should be followed. We suspect that clinical manifestations of FMF could be influenced by the regional environment. We are planning to evaluate genotype-phenotype correlation in MEFV mutation positive patients in CSEE countries in the future.

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Perko, D., Debeljak, M., Toplak, N. et al. PReS-FINAL-2209: MEFV gene mutations in central and south-eastern European countries. Pediatr Rheumatol 11 (Suppl 2), P199 (2013).

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