Prognostic relevance of MOG antibodies in children with an acquired demyelinating syndrome.

Hennes, Eva-Maria; Baumann, Matthias; Schanda, Kathrin; Anlar, Banu; Bajer-Kornek, Barbara; Blaschek, Astrid; Brantner-Inthaler, Sigrid; Diepold, Katharina; Eisenkölbl, Astrid; Gotwald, Thaddäus; Kuchukhidze, Georgi; Gruber-Sedlmayr, Ursula; Häusler, Martin; Höftberger, Romana; Karenfort, Michael; Klein, Andrea; Koch, Johannes; Kraus, Verena; Lechner, Christian; Leiz, Steffen; ... (2017). Prognostic relevance of MOG antibodies in children with an acquired demyelinating syndrome. Neurology, 89(9), pp. 900-908. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 10.1212/WNL.0000000000004312

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OBJECTIVE To assess the prognostic value of MOG antibodies (abs) in the differential diagnosis of acquired demyelinating syndromes (ADS). METHODS Clinical course, MRI, MOG-abs, AQP4-abs, and CSF cells and oligoclonal bands (OCB) in children with ADS and 24 months of follow-up were reviewed in this observational prospective multicenter hospital-based study. RESULTS Two hundred ten children with ADS were included and diagnosed with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) (n = 60), neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) (n = 12), clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) (n = 101), and multiple sclerosis (MS) (n = 37) after the first episode. MOG-abs were predominantly found in ADEM (57%) and less frequently in NMOSD (25%), CIS (25%), or MS (8%). Increased MOG-ab titers were associated with younger age (p = 0.0001), diagnosis of ADEM (p = 0.005), increased CSF cell counts (p = 0.011), and negative OCB (p = 0.012). At 24-month follow-up, 96 children had no further relapses. Thirty-five children developed recurrent non-MS episodes (63% MOG-, 17% AQP4-abs at onset). Seventy-nine children developed MS (4% MOG-abs at onset). Recurrent non-MS episodes were associated with high MOG-ab titers (p = 0.0003) and older age at onset (p = 0.024). MS was predicted by MS-like MRI (p < 0.0001) and OCB (p = 0.007). An MOG-ab cutoff titer ≥1:1,280 predicted a non-MS course with a sensitivity of 47% and a specificity of 100% and a recurrent non-MS course with a sensitivity of 46% and a specificity of 86%. CONCLUSIONS Our results show that the presence of MOG-abs strongly depends on the age at disease onset and that high MOG-ab titers were associated with a recurrent non-MS disease course.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Paediatric Medicine > Neuropaediatrics

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Klein, Andrea


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Lippincott Williams & Wilkins




Sinthuja Rajkumar

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08 Mar 2018 16:28

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