Rapid progression of familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy: A multinational natural history study

David Adams, Teresa Coelho, Laura Obici, Giampaolo Merlini, Zoia Mincheva, Narupat Suanprasert, Brian R. Bettencourt, Jared A. Gollob, Pritesh J. Gandhi, William J. Litchy, Peter J. Dyck

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Objectives: To assess the association between severity of neuropathy and disease stage, and estimate the rate of neuropathy progression in a retrospective cross-sectional analysis of a multinational population of patients with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy (FAP). Methods: We characterize neuropathy severity and rate of progression in available patients with FAP in France, the United States, Portugal, and Italy. Neuropathy Impairment Scores (NIS), time from symptom onset to NIS measurement, polyneuropathy disability (PND) scores, FAP disease stage, and manual grip strength data were collected. We estimated neuropathy progression using Loess Fit and Gompertz Fit models. Results: For the 283 patients studied (mean age, 56.4 years), intercountry genotypic variation in the transthyretin (TTR) mutation was observed, with the majority of patients in Portugal (92%) having early-onset Val30Met-FAP. There was also marked intercountry variation in PND score, FAP stage, and TTR stabilizer use. NIS was associated with PND score (NIS 10 and 99 for scores I and IV, respectively; p < 0.0001) and FAP stage (NIS 14 and 99 for stages 1 and 3, respectively; p < 0.0001). In addition, there was an association between NIS and TTR genotype. The estimated rate of NIS progression for a population with a median NIS of 32 was 14.3 points/year; the corresponding estimated rate for the modified NIS17 is 17.8 points/year. Conclusions: In a multinational population of patients with FAP, rapid neuropathic progression is observed and the severity of neuropathy is associated with functional scales of locomotion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)675-682
Number of pages8
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 25 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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