Decreased frequency of allergy in juvenile idiopathic arthritis: Results of a case-control study

Avar-Aydin P. O., Nepesov S., BARUT K., Sahin S., ADROVIC YILDIZ A., ÇOKUĞRAŞ H. C., ...More

MODERN RHEUMATOLOGY, vol.31, no.3, pp.697-703, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 31 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/14397595.2020.1812820
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.697-703
  • Keywords: Allergic disease, allergic rhinitis, asthma, immunodeficiency disorders, juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Objectives To determine the frequency of Th2-mediated allergic diseases (AD) in mainly Th1-driven juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) subtypes. Methods Ninety-nine JIA patients and 128 control subjects were enrolled in a prospective case-control study. All subjects were assessed with standard allergy questionnaire, complete blood cell count, and total serum immunoglobulin (sIg) E. sIgs G, A, M, Juvenile Arthritis Disease Activity Score-27 (JADAS27), and serum acute phase reactants (sAPR) were obtained in JIA. In the presence of allergic symptoms, skin prick (SPT) and pulmonary function tests (PFT) were performed. Results Despite similar allergy risk factors, the frequencies of asthma and allergic rhinitis were lower in JIA group (allp <= .02). Allergic patients with JIA performed lower FEV1/FVC ratio, PEF, and FEF25-75 compared to the control group (allp <= .04). JADAS27 and sAPR were similar among JIA patients with and without AD. Two JIA patients were found to have hypogammaglobulinemia. Conclusion The frequencies of AD, asthma, and allergic rhinitis may decrease in Th1-mediated JIA subtypes although the coexistence does not appear to affect the severity of arthritis whereas allergic symptoms may resolve after immunosuppressive treatment. PFTs should be obtained periodically in JIA. JIA patients may have an underlying primary immunodeficiency (ID) or immunosuppressive drugs may cause secondary ID.