Health-Related Quality of Life in Children and Young Adults with Marfan Syndrome.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

OBJECTIVE: To assess health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in a large multicenter cohort of children and young adults with Marfan syndrome participating in the Pediatric Heart Network Marfan Trial. STUDY DESIGN: The Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL) 4.0 Generic Core Scales were administered to 321 subjects with Marfan syndrome (5-25 years). PedsQL scores were compared with healthy population norms. The impact of treatment arm (atenolol vs losartan), severity of clinical features, and number of patient-reported symptoms on HRQOL was assessed by general linear models. RESULTS: Mean PedsQL scores in children (5-18 years) with Marfan syndrome were lower than healthy population norms for physical (P ≤ .003) and psychosocial (P < .001) domains; mean psychosocial scores for adults (19-25 years) were greater than healthy norms (P < .001). HRQOL across multiple domains correlated inversely with frequency of patient-reported symptoms (r = 0.30-0.38, P < .0001). Those <18 years of age with neurodevelopmental disorders (mainly learning disability, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) had lower mean PedsQL scores (5.5-7.4 lower, P < .04). A multivariable model found age, sex, patient-reported symptoms, and neurodevelopmental disorder to be independent predictors of HRQOL. There were no differences in HRQOL scores by treatment arm, aortic root z score, number of skeletal features, or presence of ectopia lentis. CONCLUSIONS: Children and adolescents with Marfan syndrome were at high risk for impaired HRQOL. Patient-reported symptoms and neurodevelopmental disorder, but not treatment arm or severity of Marfan syndrome-related physical findings, were associated with lower HRQOL.

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Cited Authors

  • Handisides, JC; Hollenbeck-Pringle, D; Uzark, K; Trachtenberg, FL; Pemberton, VL; Atz, TW; Bradley, TJ; Cappella, E; De Nobele, S; Groh, GK-T; Hamstra, MS; Korsin, R; Levine, JC; Lindauer, B; Liou, A; Neal, MKM; Markham, LW; Morrison, T; Mussatto, KA; Olson, AK; Pierpont, MEM; Pyeritz, RE; Radojewski, EA; Roman, MJ; Xu, M; Lacro, RV; Pediatric Heart Network Investigators,

Published Date

  • January 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 204 /

Start / End Page

  • 250 - 255.e1

PubMed ID

  • 30270167

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6800200

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-6833

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.08.061


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States