Increased prevalence of inhibitors in Hispanic patients with severe haemophilia A enrolled in the Universal Data Collection database
ABSTRACT Neutralizing inhibitors develop in 20-30% of patients with severe factor VIII (FVIII) deficiency. It is well established that Blacks have a higher prevalence of inhibitors than Whites. This is the first study to definitively demonstrate increased inhibitor prevalence in the Hispanic population. We compared inhibitor prevalence among various racial and ethnic groups in a cross-sectional analysis of 5651 males with severe haemophilia A that participated in the Universal Data Collection project sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We used logistic regression analysis to control for potential confounding variables. We assigned as Hispanic those participants who were white and labelled themselves Hispanic. The prevalence of high-titre inhibitors in the Hispanic participants was 24.5% compared to 16.4% for White non-Hispanic patients (OR 1.4, 95% CI 1.1, 1.7). Possibilities as to the underlying cause of increased inhibitor prevalence in minority ethnic populations include polymorphisms in the FVIII molecule, HLA subtypes and differing inflammatory responses. A better understanding may lead to tailored treatment programmes, or other therapies, to decrease or prevent inhibitor development.
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ABSTRACT: A serious complication of replacement therapy in patients with bleeding disorders is the development of 'inhibitors', particularly FVIII inhibitors in haemophilia A patients. This leads to an increase in the management cost, morbidity and mortality, especially post-operatively. The mechanism of FVIII inhibitor development is quite complex and it is difficult to predict inhibitor development, but a prompt and accurate diagnosis is critical as early therapy can save lives. The aim of this study was to screen patients with bleeding disorders in India for inhibitors, and to analyse and compare the prevalence of inhibitors in different regions in India. Patient details were recorded and blood samples were collected in sodium citrate vacutainers from 1,505 patients with bleeding disorders, in different cities in India. Coagulation and inhibitor screening assays were performed, followed by the Bethesda assay in inhibitor positive samples to quantify the FVIII inhibitor titre. Out of the 1,505 samples analysed, 1,285 were Haemophilia A patients, out of which 78 (6.07 %) were positive for 'FVIII Inhibitors'. The highest incidence of FVIII Inhibitors was seen in South India (13.04 %). The highest incidence of 20.99 % was observed in Chennai, followed by Hyderabad (13.33 %), Jammu (9.90 %) and Guwahati (8.51 %), respectively, with respect to the samples analysed. The other regions showed an inhibitor incidence <8 %. The incidence of inhibitors in haemophilia A patients is different in different regions of India; this may be due to the intensity of treatment, type of product or the genetic characteristics of these patients.Indian Journal of Hematology and Blood Transfusion 12/2014; 30(4):356-363. DOI:10.1007/s12288-014-0342-z · 0.23 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The major therapy for haemophilia is plasma derived or recombinant clotting factors which are evolving steadily to increase potency, stability and half-life. Research in the area of haemophilia therapeutics, however, is not restricted only to modifications in the recombinant products, but alternate therapeutic strategies are being developed which are in different phases of experimental and clinical trials. This chapter reviews the diverse molecular innovations which are being developed for alternate therapeutic approaches in haemophilia. The data is mainly extracted from the literature and the Conference abstracts. Some of the novel therapeutic approaches include inhibition of anticoagulant pathway factors (activated protein C, antithrombin, tissue factor pathway inhibitor) by monoclonal antibodies, peptide inhibitors, DNA or RNA aptamers, use of variant coagulation factors (factor Xa, factor Va) which are more resistant to inactivation or enzymatically more active and antibody-mediated therapy including a humanized anti-factor IXa/X bispecific antibody mimicking factor VIII. Other approaches include nonsense mutation suppression, induction of prothrombotic microparticles by P-selectin-immunoglobulin chimeras, suppression of fibrinolytic potential either by antifibrinolytics or by the use of mutant molecules of fibrinolytic inhibitors. Few products are proposed as ‘stand alone’ treatment for haemophilia, while a few can be used as adjuvant therapies to recombinant factors with an aim to reduce the amount of factor intake. All efforts are underway to produce an alternate, novel drug for haemophilia which will have an increased half-life, subcutaneously injectable, non-immunogenic and effective both in the presence and absence of inhibitors.Haemophilia 12/2014; 21(2). DOI:10.1111/hae.12615 · 2.47 Impact Factor