Choroidal vascularity index as a biomarker of systemic inflammation in childhood Polyarteritis Nodosa and adenosine deaminase-2 deficiency

Baytaroglu A. , KADAYIFÇILAR S. , Agin A., DELİKTAŞ Ö. , DEMİR S. , BİLGİNER Y. , ...More

PEDIATRIC RHEUMATOLOGY, vol.18, no.1, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1186/s12969-020-0417-3


Background/purpose To assess EDI-OCT (enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography) of choroid for inflammatory signs in children with polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) and adenosine deaminase-2 deficiency (DADA-2). Methods In this cross-sectional study conducted between June 2017 and September 2018, we evaluated children diagnosed with PAN (n = 11) and DADA-2 (n = 4) and an age- and sex-matched control group (n = 15). Demographic and laboratory data were retrospectively analyzed from patient charts. Disease activity was assessed using the pediatric vasculitis activity score (PVAS). Choroidal images were obtained with spectral domain-OCT to measure choroidal thickness (ChT) at 5 points (750 and 1500 mu m from the foveal center in the temporal and nasal quadrants and beneath the fovea), and to calculate the total subfoveal choroidal area (TCA), luminal area (LA), stromal area (SA), and the choroidal vascularity index (CVI). Results The median (min-max) age was 8 (4-16) years in PAN patients, 6 (5-16) years in DADA-2 patients and 8 (8-10) years in control group at the OCT visit (p = 0.214). The ChT at 3 points and the TCA, LA, and SA were higher in children with both PAN and DADA-2 patients compared to those of the control group (p < 0.0001, p = 0.049, p = 0.007, p = 0.007, p = 0.006, p = 0.033, respectively). The CVI was similar in both groups. No association was observed between the OCT findings, PVAS, and the erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and serum leukocyte and C-reactive protein levels. Conclusion Similar CVI scores were obtained from PAN and DADA2 patients under treatment and from healthy controls. Increased subfoveal ChT without any other signs of ocular involvement may suggest choroidal thickening as a sign of mild subclinical inflammation.