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PO-0360 Bone Mineral Density In Egyptian Children With Familial Mediterranean Fever
  1. S El-Masry1,
  2. S Salah2,
  3. RA El-Banna1
  1. 1Biological Anthropology, National Research Centre, Giza, Egypt
  2. 2Rheumatology Department, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt


Background Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) has episodic or subclinical inflammation that may lead to a decrease in bone mineral density (BMD).

Objective To assess BMD in Egyptian children with FMF on genetic basis.

Subjects and methods A cross sectional study included 45 FMF patients and 25 control children of both sexes, with age range between 3–16 years old. The patients were reclassified into 2 groups: Group I (A) 23 cases used colchicines for 1 month or less, and Group I (B) 22 cases used colchicines for more than 6 months. For both patients and control, MEFV mutations were defined using molecular genetics technique and BMD was measured by DXA at 2 sites: proximal femur and the lumber spines.

Results four frequent gene mutation where found in the patient group: E148Q (35.6%), V726A (33.3%), M680I (28.9.0%) and M694V (2.2%). There were also 4 heterozygous gene mutations in 40% of control children. Patients received Colchicines treatment for less than 1 month had highly significant lower values of BMD at femur and lumber spines than control children (p < 0.007, p < 0.001). Patients received Colchicines treatment for more than 6 months had improved values of BMD at femur compared to control, but there were still significant differences between them at lumbar spine (p > 0.036). There are insignificant effect of type of gene mutation on BMD and the risk of osteopenia among the patients.

Conclusion FMF had significant effect on BMD. However; regular use of colchicines treatment improves this effect mainly at femur.

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