The concern about the offspring’s health is one of the reasons for a reduced family size of women with rheumatic diseases (RD). Increased risk of autoimmune diseases (AD) and neurodevelopmental disorders (ND) has been reported in children born to patients with RD. Within a nationwide survey about reproductive issues of women with RD, we aimed at exploring the long-term outcome of their children. By surveying 398 patients who received their diagnosis of RD during childbearing age (before the age of 45), information about the offspring were obtained from 230 women who declared to have had children. A total of 148 (64.3%) patients were affected by connective tissue diseases (CTD) and 82 (35.7%) by chronic arthritis. Data on 299 children (156 males, 52.1%; mean age at the time of interview 17.1 ± 9.7 years) were collected. Twelve children (4.0%), who were born to patients with CTD in 75% of the cases, were affected by AD (8 cases of celiac disease). Eleven children had a certified diagnosis of ND (3.6%; 6 cases of learning disabilities); 9 of them were born to mothers with CTD (5 after maternal diagnosis). No association was found between ND and prenatal exposure to either maternal autoantibodies or anti-rheumatic drugs. Absolute numbers of offspring affected by AD and ND were low in a multicentre cohort of Italian women with RD. This information can be helpful for the counselling about reproductive issues, as the health outcomes of the offspring might not be an issue which discourage women with RD from having children.

Long-term Outcome of Children Born to Women with Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases: A Multicentre, Nationwide Study on 299 Randomly Selected Individuals / L. Andreoli, C. Nalli, M.G. Lazzaroni, C. Carini, F. Dall'Ara, R. Reggia, M. Rodrigues, C. Benigno, E. Baldissera, E. Bartoloni, F. Basta, F. Bellisai, A. Bortoluzzi, C. Campochiaro, F.P. Cantatore, R. Caporali, A. Ceribelli, C.B. Chighizola, P. Conigliaro, A. Corrado, M. Cutolo, S. D'Angelo, E. De Stefani, A. Doria, M. Favaro, C. Fischetti, R. Foti, A. Gabrielli, E. Generali, R. Gerli, M. Gerosa, M. Larosa, A. Maier, N. Malavolta, M. Meroni, P.L. Meroni, C. Montecucco, M. Mosca, M. Padovan, G. Paolazzi, G. Pazzola, S. Peccatori, R. Perricone, G. Pettiti, V. Picerno, I. Prevete, V. Ramoni, N. Romeo, A. Ruffatti, C. Salvarani, G.D. Sebastiani, C. Selmi, F. Serale, L. Sinigaglia, C. Tani, M. Trevisani, M. Vadacca, E. Valentini, G. Valesini, E. Visalli, E. Vivaldelli, L. Zuliani, A. Tincani. - In: CLINICAL REVIEWS IN ALLERGY & IMMUNOLOGY. - ISSN 1080-0549. - (2021). [Epub ahead of print] [10.1007/s12016-021-08857-2]

Long-term Outcome of Children Born to Women with Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases: A Multicentre, Nationwide Study on 299 Randomly Selected Individuals

R. Caporali;A. Ceribelli;C.B. Chighizola;M. Favaro;M. Gerosa;P.L. Meroni;C. Selmi;E. Valentini;L. Zuliani;
2021

Abstract

The concern about the offspring’s health is one of the reasons for a reduced family size of women with rheumatic diseases (RD). Increased risk of autoimmune diseases (AD) and neurodevelopmental disorders (ND) has been reported in children born to patients with RD. Within a nationwide survey about reproductive issues of women with RD, we aimed at exploring the long-term outcome of their children. By surveying 398 patients who received their diagnosis of RD during childbearing age (before the age of 45), information about the offspring were obtained from 230 women who declared to have had children. A total of 148 (64.3%) patients were affected by connective tissue diseases (CTD) and 82 (35.7%) by chronic arthritis. Data on 299 children (156 males, 52.1%; mean age at the time of interview 17.1 ± 9.7 years) were collected. Twelve children (4.0%), who were born to patients with CTD in 75% of the cases, were affected by AD (8 cases of celiac disease). Eleven children had a certified diagnosis of ND (3.6%; 6 cases of learning disabilities); 9 of them were born to mothers with CTD (5 after maternal diagnosis). No association was found between ND and prenatal exposure to either maternal autoantibodies or anti-rheumatic drugs. Absolute numbers of offspring affected by AD and ND were low in a multicentre cohort of Italian women with RD. This information can be helpful for the counselling about reproductive issues, as the health outcomes of the offspring might not be an issue which discourage women with RD from having children.
Counselling; Neurodevelopmental disorders; Offspring; Reproductive issues; Rheumatic diseases
Settore MED/16 - Reumatologia
16-mar-2021
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