Applicability of the Curaçao Criteria for the Diagnosis of Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia in the Pediatric Population.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the accuracy of the clinical Curaçao criteria in the diagnosis of hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) in children and adolescents. STUDY DESIGN: This was a retrospective, multicenter chart review of 673 patients evaluated between 2002 and 2016; 290 were eligible for the study. Genetic testing for a pathogenic mutation was considered the gold standard against which the clinical Curaçao criteria were compared. Patients were divided into 4 age categories: 0-5, 6-10, 11-15, and 16-21-years. Sensitivity and specificity were calculated for each age group, and for the overall population. RESULTS: Overall the Curaçao criteria had a sensitivity of 68% (95% CI 60%-76%) and a specificity of 98% (95% CI 91%-100%). Sensitivity was lowest in the 0- to 5-year group, and increased with advancing age. The Curaçao criteria had the highest sensitivity in the 16- to 21-year-olds. Specificity was 100% in all age groups except for the 11- to 15-year-olds. CONCLUSIONS: This study evaluated the use of the Curaçao criteria for the diagnosis of HHT in the pediatric population with a family history of HHT. In those between the age of 0 and 21 years who meet 1 criterion (unlikely HHT) or 2 criteria (possible HHT), genetic testing is preferred for diagnosis. The Curaçao criteria appear to reliably diagnose HHT in children and adolescents who meet 3 or 4 criteria (definite HHT).

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Cited Authors

  • Pahl, KS; Choudhury, A; Wusik, K; Hammill, A; White, A; Henderson, K; Pollak, J; Kasthuri, RS

Published Date

  • June 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 197 /

Start / End Page

  • 207 - 213

PubMed ID

  • 29655863

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-6833

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.01.079


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States