Late outcomes in children with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis
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AbstractIntroduction: Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a rare disease with diverse clinical courses. Despite improvement in survival outcomes in the recent decades, sequelae of the disease remain a concern. This study aimed to provide information on the long-term outcomes in patients with LCH, particularly on the sequelae and any associated factors.

Method: Medical records of patients with diagnosis of LCH and being managed in our centre were retrospectively reviewed. Data on the courses of illness, mortality, intervention, types and time of late events were collected and analysed.

Results: 70 patients were included with a mean observation time of 12 years (median 10.7 years, range 1–31.3 years). Sequelae related to LCH were present in 56% (n=39), being more common in multisystem diseases and patients with reactivations. Prevalence of sequelae is as follows: orthopaedic related 27%, diabetes insipidus 19%, growth retardation 13%, cosmetic 10%, neurological 7%, hearing 7%, anterior pituitary hormone deficiency 7%, hepatobiliary 4% and ophthalmological 3%. Neurological sequelae could manifest even 10 years after initial diagnosis of LCH. Reactivations, presence of central nervous system (CNS) risk lesions and treatment with radiotherapy were associated with a higher rate of sequelae. The cumulative incidence of reactivation was 34%. Most reactivations occurred in the first 2.5 years after diagnosis.

Conclusion: Sequelae were common after LCH, although some were mild. Neurological sequelae could be particularly severe and debilitating. Vigilant long-term follow-up would be essential for optimising patient outcomes. Further studies on the prevention and treatment of CNS disease of LCH are warranted.
All Author(s) ListTin Wai Chow, Wing Kwan Leung, Frankie Wai Tsoi Cheng, Shekhar Medhukar Kumta, Winnie Chiu Wing Chu, Vincent Lee, Matthew Ming Kong Shing, Chi Kong Li
Journal nameArchives of Disease in Childhood
Year2017
Month9
Volume Number102
Issue Number9
PublisherBMJ Publishing Group
Pages830 - 835
ISSN0003-9888
eISSN1468-2044
LanguagesEnglish-United States

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