Iron deficiency is a possible risk factor causing right heart failure in Tibetan children living in high altitude area.
- 作者列表："Yu J","Yu L","Li Y","Hu F
:The aim of the study is to discuss the risk factor of right heart failure (RHF) especially the association of iron deficiency with RHF in Tibetan children who live in high altitude area. In this retrospective study, we collected the data of Tibetan children from January 2011 to December 2018 in our hospital. The patients included in the study had the following data: age, gender, ferritin, echocardiography, hemoglobin, C-reaction protein, and altitude of residence. According to whether RHF was diagnosed, the patients were divided into RHF group and non-RHF group. Totally 133 patients were included with 59 in RHF group and 74 in non-RHF group. In single factor analysis, age (P = .008), altitude of residence (P < .001), ferritin (P < .001), and pulmonary arterial systolic pressure (P < .001) showed significant difference between the 2 groups. Binary logistic regression was performed to further identify the association of the clinical factors with RHF. Higher pulmonary arterial systolic pressure (odds ratio: 29.303, 95% confidence interval: 5.249-163.589, P < .001) and lower ferritin level (odds ratio: 5.849, 95% confidence interval: 1.585-21.593, P = .008) were independent risk factors associated with RHF. In receiver-operating characteristic curve, the optimal cutoff value of ferritin level was 14.6 μg/L with the sensitivity of 81.4% and specificity of 89.2%. As continuous variable, the correlation between ferritin and RHF was not certain (P = .281). Due to the possibility that iron deficiency be a risk factor of RHF in Tibetan children, prevention and treatment of iron deficiency might be a potential way in reducing the incidence of RHF in this high altitude area.
本研究旨在探讨高海拔地区藏族儿童右心衰竭 (RHF) 的危险因素，尤其是铁缺乏与RHF的关系。本回顾性研究收集2011年1月至2018年12月在我院就诊的藏族儿童资料。纳入研究的患者具有以下数据: 年龄、性别、铁蛋白、超声心动图、血红蛋白、C-反应蛋白和居住海拔高度。根据是否确诊RHF，将患者分为RHF组和非RHF组。共纳入133例患者，其中RHF组59例，非RHF组74例。单因素分析显示，两组间年龄 (p <.008) 、居住海拔 (p <.001) 、铁蛋白 (p <.001) 、肺动脉收缩压 (p <.001) 差异有统计学意义。进行二元逻辑回归以进一步确定临床因素与RHF的相关性。较高的肺动脉收缩压 (比值比: 29.303，95% 可信区间: 5.249-163.589，p <.001) 和较低的铁蛋白水平 (比值比: 5.849，95% 可信区间: 1.585-21.593，p =.008) 是与RHF相关的独立危险因素。在受试者工作特征曲线中，铁蛋白水平的最佳截断值为14.6 μ g/L，灵敏度为81.4%，特异性为89.2%。作为连续变量，铁蛋白与RHF之间的相关性不确定 (p =.281)。由于铁缺乏可能是藏族儿童RHF的危险因素，因此预防和治疗铁缺乏可能是降低该高海拔地区RHF发病率的潜在途径。
METHODS::Fanconi anemia (FA) is a recessive disorder that predispose to bone marrow failure and multiple congenital anomalies in affected individuals worldwide. To date, 22 FA genes are known to harbor sequence variations in disease phenotype. Among these, mutations in the FANCA gene are associated with 60% to 70% of FA cases. The aim of the present study was to screen FA cases belonging to consanguineous Pakistani families for selected exons of FANCA gene which are known mutational hotspots for Asian populations. Blood samples were collected from 20 FA cases and 20 controls. RNA was extracted and cDNA was synthesized from blood samples of cases. DNA was extracted from blood samples of cases and ethnically matched healthy controls. Sanger's sequencing of the nine selected exons of FANCA gene in FA cases revealed 19 genetic alterations of which 15 were single nucleotide variants, three were insertions and one was microdeletion. Of the total 19 sequence changes, 13 were novel and six were previously reported. All identified variants were evaluated by computational programs including SIFT, PolyPhen-2 and Mutation taster. Seven out of 20 analyzed patients were carrying homozygous novel sequence variations, predicted to be associated with FA. These disease associated novel variants were not detected in ethnically matched controls and depict genetic heterogeneity of disease.
METHODS::In type 3 von Willebrand disease (VWD3), the most severe form with absent von Willebrand factor (VWF), the bleeding phenotype is variable. Platelet contribution to the hemostatic defect in VWD3 calls upon further studies. We investigated the contribution of platelets to in vitro thrombin generation (TG) and platelet procoagulant activity in VWD3. TG was assessed by calibrated automated thrombogram (CAT) in platelet-poor (PPP) and -rich plasma (PRP) from 9 patients before and in 6 patients also 30 min after receiving their regular VWF therapy. Responsiveness of PPP to FVIII and protein S was also investigated. TG data were compared with routine laboratory variables, rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM) and platelet expression of P-selectin and phosphatidylserine in flow cytometry. Compared with healthy controls, TG was markedly decreased in VWD3 PPP (peak thrombin was 16% of normal median), but not in PRP (77% of normal median) (p = 0.002). Six out of nine patients (67%) were high responders in their platelet P-selectin, and 5/9 (56%) in phosphatidylserine expression. Replacement therapy improved TG in PPP, while in PRP TG only modestly increased or was unaffected. In PPP, FVIII levels associated with TG and in vitro FVIII-supplemented TG inclined up to threefold. Conversely, a FVIII inhibitory antibody reduced plasma TG in all, but especially in patients with remnant FVIII levels. Inhibition of protein S improved plasma TG, particularly at low FVIII levels. ROTEM failed to detect VWD3.In VWD3, TG is reduced in PPP and regulated by FVIII and protein S, but TG is close to normal in PRP. VWD3 platelets seem to compensate for the FVIII-associated reduction in TG by their exposure of P-selectin and phosphatidylserine.
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