Atopic manifestations are underestimated clinical features in various primary immunodeficiency disease phenotypes
de Wit J1, Dalm V2,3*, Totté JEE1*, Kamphuis LSJ4, Vermont CL5, van Osnabrugge FY1, van Hagen PM2,3, Pasmans SGMA1,6
1Department of Dermatology, Erasmus MC University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Clinical Immunology, Erasmus MC University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
3Department of Immunology, Erasmus MC University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
4Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Erasmus MC University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
5Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Erasmus MC University Medical Center-Sophia Children's Hospital, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
6Department of Dermatology, Erasmus MC University Medical Center-Sophia Children's Hospital-Center of Pediatric Dermatology, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
*These authors contributed equally to this work.
On behalf of the Academic Centers (AC) for Allergic Diseases and the Rare Immunological Disease Centre (RIDC).
J Investig Allergol Clin Immunol 2022; Vol. 33(2)
Background: Atopic manifestations are describedas clinical feature of variousprimary immunodeficiency disease (PID) phenotypes and in particular frequently reported in the combined immune deficiencies. The prevalence of atopic manifestations in other PIDs remains largely unknown.
Objective: To evaluate the prevalence of atopic manifestations in other PIDs and to identify in which PIDsatopic manifestations are most common in order to improve patient care.
Methods: A partner-controlled questionnaire-based study was performed in pediatric and adult PID patients. Subsequently, data of diagnostic tests for atopic manifestations (i.e. diagnostic criteria for AD, spirometry, specific IgE against food and inhalant allergens) were collected in adult patients to confirm patient-reported atopic manifestations.
Results: Forty-seven children and 206 adults with PIDs, and 56 partner-controls completed the questionnaire. Thirty-five (74.5%) pediatric and 164 (79.6%) adult patients reported to have ever experienced one or more atopic manifestations compared with 28 (50.0%) partner-controls. In adult patients vs. partner-controls, prevalence of atopic dermatitis was 49.5% vs. 27.3% (p=0.003), food allergy10.7% vs. 1.9% (p=0.031), asthma 55.7% vs. 14.8% (p<0.001) and allergic rhinitis 49.8% vs. 21.8% (p<0.001).The frequency of current atopic manifestationsreported by patients washigher than the prevalence based on diagnostic tests (atopic dermatitis 11.2%, food allergy 1.9%, asthma 16.4% and allergic rhinitis 11.5%).
Conclusions: Atopic manifestations are prevalent clinicalfeatures in a large spectrum of PIDs and in our cohort frequently present in patients with combined immune deficiencies and predominant antibody deficiencies. Evaluation of atopic manifestations should be considered in patients with PIDs.
Key words: Asthma, Atopic Dermatitis, Food Hypersensitivity, Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes, Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis