Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitides (AAV) usually afect adults and older populations. The well recognized clinical (i.e., granulomatosis with polyangiitis [GPA], microscopic polyangiitis, and eosinophilic GPA) and serological phenotypes (i.e., anti-MPO-ANCA, anti-PR3-ANCA and ANCA negative) within AAV difer substantially for clinical, demographic, and epidemiological features, including age at presentation. Whether and how aging could contribute to the clinical expression of these disease phenotypes is intriguing and still overlooked. In addition, despite being predominantly a disease of the elderly, most of the studies analyzing drug interventions and the clinical trials on AAV explicitly excluded older patients, limiting the understanding of the disease in this subset of patients. In elderly patients induced with cyclophosphamide, a lower dose of treatment for patients aged 60 years or older and with reduced renal function has been recommended. Giant cell arteritis (GCA) and Takayasu’s arteritis (TAK) are two primary systemic vasculitides involving large vessels that difer in age at presentation, with GCA patients being at least 10 years older than TAK patients. Diferent treatment approaches are efective in these conditions. However, a few authors have suggested that they might be considered expressions of the same clinical syndrome, rather than two diferent diseases. Novel insights into the role of senescencerelated immunological and vascular processes might help to interpret the link between these two conditions. Overall, the impact of aging on all these vasculitides is complex and not easy to analyze. So far, few studies focusing on this topic have been published. We reviewed data on the clinical presentation, epidemiology, therapy, and disease- and treatment-related complications in patients afected by these vasculitides, highlighting the diferences in young versus elderly subjects.

Aging in Primary Systemic Vasculitis: Implications for Diagnosis, Clinical Manifestations, and Management / Berti, A; Caporali, R; Montecucco, C; Paolazzi, G; Monti, S. - In: DRUGS & AGING. - ISSN 1170-229X. - 2019, 36:(2019), pp. 53-63. [10.1007/s40266-018-0617-4]

Aging in Primary Systemic Vasculitis: Implications for Diagnosis, Clinical Manifestations, and Management

Berti A
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2019-01-01

Abstract

Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitides (AAV) usually afect adults and older populations. The well recognized clinical (i.e., granulomatosis with polyangiitis [GPA], microscopic polyangiitis, and eosinophilic GPA) and serological phenotypes (i.e., anti-MPO-ANCA, anti-PR3-ANCA and ANCA negative) within AAV difer substantially for clinical, demographic, and epidemiological features, including age at presentation. Whether and how aging could contribute to the clinical expression of these disease phenotypes is intriguing and still overlooked. In addition, despite being predominantly a disease of the elderly, most of the studies analyzing drug interventions and the clinical trials on AAV explicitly excluded older patients, limiting the understanding of the disease in this subset of patients. In elderly patients induced with cyclophosphamide, a lower dose of treatment for patients aged 60 years or older and with reduced renal function has been recommended. Giant cell arteritis (GCA) and Takayasu’s arteritis (TAK) are two primary systemic vasculitides involving large vessels that difer in age at presentation, with GCA patients being at least 10 years older than TAK patients. Diferent treatment approaches are efective in these conditions. However, a few authors have suggested that they might be considered expressions of the same clinical syndrome, rather than two diferent diseases. Novel insights into the role of senescencerelated immunological and vascular processes might help to interpret the link between these two conditions. Overall, the impact of aging on all these vasculitides is complex and not easy to analyze. So far, few studies focusing on this topic have been published. We reviewed data on the clinical presentation, epidemiology, therapy, and disease- and treatment-related complications in patients afected by these vasculitides, highlighting the diferences in young versus elderly subjects.
2019
Berti, A; Caporali, R; Montecucco, C; Paolazzi, G; Monti, S
Aging in Primary Systemic Vasculitis: Implications for Diagnosis, Clinical Manifestations, and Management / Berti, A; Caporali, R; Montecucco, C; Paolazzi, G; Monti, S. - In: DRUGS & AGING. - ISSN 1170-229X. - 2019, 36:(2019), pp. 53-63. [10.1007/s40266-018-0617-4]
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