Long-term Outcome of a Successful Cord Blood Stem Cell Transplant in Mevalonate Kinase Deficiency
Mevalonate kinase deficiency (MKD) is a rare autosomal recessive inborn error of metabolism with an autoinflammatory phenotype that may be expressed as a spectrum of disease phenotypes, from those with prevailing autoinflammatory syndrome and variable response to anti-inflammatory therapies, to mevalonic aciduria, which is associated with dysmorphic features, severe neurologic involvement, and the worst prognosis. We describe a boy, aged 2 years, 10 months, with severe phenotype of mevalonate kinase deficiency who underwent allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) from HLA-identical unrelated cord blood because his condition had failed to improve with antiinflammatory treatment as first-line therapy and an anticytokine drug as second-line therapy. The child had a sustained remission of febrile attacks and inflammation after transplant, and during a 5-year follow-up period, psychomotor and neurologic development were normal, without signs of underlying disease or late transplant-related effects. This case confirms that allogeneic HSCT is a safe and effective cure for patients affected by MKD in whom anticytokine drugs alone are insufficient for the management of autoinflammatory syndrome and for the unfavorable outcome of the disease.
- Accepted September 22, 2014.
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