Increased sensitivity of the European medicines agency algorithm for classification of childhood granulomatosis with polyangiitis.

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OBJECTIVE: Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener's; GPA) and other antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitides (AAV) are rare in childhood and are sometimes difficult to discriminate. We compared use of adult-derived classification schemes for GPA against validated pediatric criteria in the ARChiVe (A Registry for Childhood Vasculitis e-entry) cohort, a Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance initiative. METHODS: Time-of-diagnosis data for children with physician (MD) diagnosis of AAV and unclassified vasculitis (UCV) from 33 US/Canadian centers were analyzed. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) classification algorithm and European League Against Rheumatism/Paediatric Rheumatology International Trials Organisation/Paediatric Rheumatology European Society (EULAR/PRINTO/PRES) and American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria for GPA were applied to all patients. Sensitivity and specificity were calculated (MD-diagnosis as reference). RESULTS: MD-diagnoses for 155 children were 100 GPA, 25 microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), 6 ANCA-positive pauciimmune glomerulonephritis, 3 Churg-Strauss syndrome, and 21 UCV. Of these, 114 had GPA as defined by EMA, 98 by EULAR/PRINTO/PRES, and 87 by ACR. Fourteen patients were identified as GPA by EULAR/PRINTO/PRES but not by ACR; 3 were identified as GPA by ACR but not EULAR/PRINTO/PRES. Using the EMA algorithm, 135 (87%) children were classifiable. The sensitivity of the EMA algorithm, the EULAR/PRINTO/PRES, and ACR criteria for classifying GPA was 90%, 77%, and 69%, respectively, with specificities of 56%, 62%, and 67%. The relatively poor sensitivity of the 2 criteria related to their inability to discriminate patients with MPA. CONCLUSION: EULAR/PRINTO/PRES was more sensitive than ACR criteria in classifying pediatric GPA. Neither classification system has criteria for MPA; therefore usefulness in discriminating patients in ARChiVe was limited. Even when using the most sensitive EMA algorithm, many children remained unclassified.

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Cited Authors

  • Uribe, AG; Huber, AM; Kim, S; O'Neil, KM; Wahezi, DM; Abramson, L; Baszis, K; Benseler, SM; Bowyer, SL; Campillo, S; Chira, P; Hersh, AO; Higgins, GC; Eberhard, A; Ede, K; Imundo, LF; Jung, L; Kingsbury, DJ; Klein-Gitelman, M; Lawson, EF; Li, SC; Lovell, DJ; Mason, T; McCurdy, D; Muscal, E; Nassi, L; Rabinovich, E; Reiff, A; Rosenkranz, M; Schikler, KN; Singer, NG; Spalding, S; Stevens, AM; Cabral, DA; ARegistry for Children with Vasculitis e-entry (ARChiVe) Network,

Published Date

  • August 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 39 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 1687 - 1697

PubMed ID

  • 22589257

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0315-162X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3899/jrheum.111352


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Canada