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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 119-120

Enthesitis-related arthritis in a child with turner syndrome

Section of Clinical Genetics, Pediatric Endocrinology and Pediatric Rheumatology, NH SRCC Children's Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Submission26-Jul-2020
Date of Acceptance30-Sep-2020
Date of Web Publication23-Mar-2021

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DOI: 10.4103/injr.injr_203_20

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Bajaj S, Patil P, Khubchandani R. Enthesitis-related arthritis in a child with turner syndrome. Indian J Rheumatol 2021;16:119-20

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Bajaj S, Patil P, Khubchandani R. Enthesitis-related arthritis in a child with turner syndrome. Indian J Rheumatol [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Dec 2];16:119-20. Available from:

Dear Editor,

A 12.5-year-old girl had a history of subacute back and left hip pain since 11 years of age. Old records revealed clinically demonstrable sacroiliitis and left hip arthritis. She was HLAB27 positive and was diagnosed as enthesitis-related arthritis (ERA). She had received 8 weeks of medium-dose oral steroids and was subsequently well-controlled on oral sulfasalazine. Her course had been punctuated by two episodes of acute anterior uveitis treated with topical steroids. Eighteen-months later, the family sought multidisciplinary-care for her rheumatology follow-up and short stature at our center.

Review of previous growth-records revealed short stature even at age 10 years, prior to the onset of arthropathy. Her parents mentioned her being “much shorter than her peers” throughout schooling. The family history was not contributory. Certain syndromic clues were noted; palatal nevus, absence of thelarche denoting delayed puberty and bilateral cubitus valgus [Figure 1]a and [Figure 1]b. The initial evaluation with a pelvic sonogram revealed hypoplastic uterus and streak ovaries. G-banded karyotype depicted monosomy of X-chromosome (45, ×0) confirming turner syndrome (TS). Screening for associated comorbidities (blood-pressure, 2D-Echo for aortic-aneurysms and aortic-dissection, electrocardiogram, renal-sonogram, audiogram, comprehensive ophthalmic examination, laboratory tests to rule out dysglycemia, thyroiditis, celiac disease, and dyslipidemia) returned normal. After appropriate endocrine work-up, she received daily recombinant Growth hormone (GH)-injections (40 mcg/kg/day) and documented a height spurt of 14-cm within the following 18-month. Puberty induction was delayed intentionally after due discussion to optimize GH-related height gain. Her ERA continued to be under control on sulfasalazine. Follow-up surveillance based on standard TS guidelines was advised.
Figure 1: (a) Frontal picture of the child. Note bilateral cubitus valgus. (b) Open mouth depicting palatal nevus

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The association of TS with spondyloarthropathy (ERA in our case) has been reported only four times before.[1],[2],[3],[4] Haploinsufficiency of certain “protective” X-linked genes is postulated for the occurrence of male-preponderant ERA in girls with TS.[4] Our case is unique in also highlighting the impact of timely diagnosis through timely GH treatment and targeted multidisciplinary surveillance.

Rheumatologists caring for children and adolescents, may encounter short stature attributable to multiple mechanisms in their practice, namely, underlying chronic inflammatory process (e.g., juvenile idiopathic arthritis), long-term steroids, innate to the disease process (e.g., autoimmune thyroiditis, celiac disease), or an associated comorbidity or syndrome as in our case. Notably, TS is the most common cause of short stature in a female after excluding familial and constitutional short stature.[1]

TS is associated with a 2–3-fold increase in autoimmune and rheumatological diseases. These individuals could seek rheumatology services for multiple reasons; common among them being autoimmune thyroiditis, celiac disease, type-I-diabetes mellitus, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and psoriatic arthropathy. All these diseases may out-shadow the subtle forms of TS and antedate its diagnosis. The absence of physical clues of TS or attributing the short stature to coexisting factors, mimics or steroid therapy, are common pitfalls. Detailed inspection of retrospective growth charts and thorough clinical examination are crucial, as exemplified by our case.

“Heightened” awareness about TS in rheumatologists can positively impact timely GH therapy and puberty induction and consequent bone mass, final adult height, and reproductive function; besides planning surveillance for cardiovascular complications, and other comorbidities associated with TS.[1],[5]

Declaration of patient consent

The authors certify that they have obtained all appropriate patient consent forms. In the form, the parents have given their consent for images and other clinical information to be reported in the journal. The parents understand that names and initials will not be published, and due efforts will be made to conceal identity, but anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

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  References Top

Armagan O, Ekim A, Dinc A, Oner C. Ankylosing spondylitis in a patient with turner syndrome: A case report. Rheumatol Int 2007;27:1177-80.  Back to cited text no. 1
Güler-Uysal F, Kozanoglu E, Sur S, Göncü K. Spondyloarthropathy and turner's syndrome. Clin Exp Rheumatol 2001;19:232-3.  Back to cited text no. 2
Sandhya P, Danda D, Danda S, Srivastava VM. Juvenile ankylosing spondylitis in turner syndrome. Natl Med J India 2013;26:338-9.  Back to cited text no. 3
Wang X, Zhao M, Chen W, He F, Yang W, Li X. A case of ankylosing spondylitis and ichthyosis vulgaris in a turner syndrome patient with a rare karyotype. AACE Clin Case Rep 2015;1:105-10.  Back to cited text no. 4
Mortensen KH, Cleemann L, Hjerrild BE, Nexo E, Locht H, Jeppesen EM, et al. Increased prevalence of autoimmunity in turner syndrome--influence of age. Clin Exp Immunol 2009;156:205-10.  Back to cited text no. 5


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